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"Unanswerable Questions"

Joe Luna examines the rhetoric of the erotetic in contemporary British and American political poetry.
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"—A new lyricism that begins to grow in Latin America, to brace itself in ways that don’ t cease to surprise us. The entry to the material is the entry to adventure: the poem as journey and the poet as hero revealing heroes. Tenderness as an exercise in speed. Breathing and heat. Experience shot off, structures devouring themselves, crazy contradictions."
Roberto Bolaño
from Issue 60.3 (2017)

from the archives

Issue 56:02/03, Autumn 2011, now for only $5.00

Contemporary Latin American Poetry

18 August

“Let poetry be like a key / That opens a thousand doors.” —Vicente Huidobro, “Ars Poetica,” CR 27:02 (1975), tr. Eliot Weinberger. To celebrate CR’s latest issue on the Infrarealist movement in Mexico, we have compiled a selection of Latin American poetry from CR’s archives. Read the full poems online!

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Seeing Eldzier Cortor
04 August 17

“Perhaps all compelling works of art engage the eye differently over time, and expand one’s capacity to see. For me, this is certainly true of Cortor’s work.”

In Chicago Review 59:4/60:1, Liesl Olson covers the visual artist Eldzier Cortor, whose work is on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago. Read the full essay and interview online!

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Unanswerable Questions
25 July 17

“The question forms of contemporary poetry in the ‘tradition of what is unanswerable’ perform the unanswerable as a specimen of resistance to the logic of commensurability, identity, and equivalence.”

In “Unanswerable Questions,” Joe Luna examines the erotetic in contemporary British and American poetry. Read the full piece here.

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The Terror of Ordinariness: On David Lynch
07 July 17
“It was also a tribute to the career of one of the most important filmmakers alive. It is, after all, impossible to conceive of the landscape of contemporary American cinema without Lynch. If he didn’t exist we would have to invent him.”


Eric Powell reviews “David Lynch: A Complete Retrospective” at the Music Box Theatre. Read more in Chicago.
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Kristin Dykstra, In Memoriam Juan Carlos Flores (1962-2016)
14 June 17

The tragic loss came in 2016. Stop-motion images of death compete unnaturally with his poetics: his poems swivel, cycle, gesticulate, perform.

After death the poems hold their ground in an aesthetic awareness of home, one marked with specifics of life in Cuba, where Juan Carlos Flores lived in a public housing community that rose out of the ground in a way that could only have happened in certain decades following the 1959 Revolution.

But his poems still move.

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Kent Johnson, I Once Met
23 May 17
Reviewed by Jeremy Noel-Tod


Every poetic community knows “that guy.” He—and it is usually he—is the gadfly in the ointment, the satirist or critic who mocks the pretensions of the leading figures of the day. “That guy” is not so much an individual talent as a singular pain in the ass. In early eighteenth-century England, he also happened to be the era’s finest poet, Alexander Pope, who in The Dunciad and the spoof essay “Peri Bathous” laid mock-heroic waste to his contemporaries. Three centuries later, he is known to Internet sociology as a “troll,” lurking below the line as once below the bridge.

Kent Johnson, as this second expanded edition of his “partial memoir,” I Once Met, acknowledges, has long been “that guy” at the avant end of American poetry. Each short section is structured around the conceit of a remembered meeting in the “Poetry Field.” The fifth reads in full:

I once met Marjorie Perloff. This was at the MLA, though I can’t remember the city; it was long ago, I think it was D.C. She is a great critic and an extraordinarily generous person. Kent, this is Bob Perelman, said Marjorie. Bob, this is Kent Johnson. Oh, so you’re that guy, said Bob. What guy? I said.

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upcoming events

Chicago Book Expo 2017

We look forward to seeing you at Chicago Review’s table at this year’s Chicago Book Expo, thanks to the sponsorship of our friends at the Poetry Foundation.

The Expo will be held at 1104 South Wabash Avenue beginning at noon on October 1st. Learn more at www.chicagobookexpo.org.

AWP 2015

Chicago Review looks forward to seeing you at #AWP15. We’ll be at table 755 with the University of Chicago’s Creative Writing & Poetics crew and the lovely people from the University of Chicago Master’s in Humanities program.

Drop by for a sneak peek at pages from our upcoming 59.1/2, witty repartee, and deals on subscriptions and back issues. Keep your eyes peeled on Facebook for news about a top-secret get-together on Saturday night (4/11/15), and listen in live as we tweet the conference away: @chireview.

Conversation with Clark Coolidge

presented by Chicago Review and the Program in Poetry & Poetics

Thursday, Oct 9, 4.30-6:00pm
Midway Studios 108
University of Chicago

Midway Studios is located on the corner of 60th St and Ingleside Avenue, on the south side of the Midway Plaisance.