Issue 60.2: Helen Adam & Her Circle
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A captivating look at the poet Helen Adam and her circle of collaborators

Guest-edited by Alison Fraser

In this issue Chicago Review features a special portfolio of documents surrounding Helen Adam and her closest collaborators in the San Francisco Renaissance: the visual artist Jess Collins and the poet Robert Duncan. Published here is an expansive selection of letters between Adam and Jess, accompanied by reproductions of photographs and scrapbooks in which they explored a shared “mystical” aesthetic. These letters and artifacts span more than a quarter century, providing a never-before-seen glimpse into their collaborative process.

Completing the feature are two essays in which Adam and Duncan admire each other’s work and express their affinity for a late twentieth-century visionary poetics, along with “The Nurse Speaks for R. D.,” Adam’s previously unpublished poem for Duncan.

This special portfolio places Helen Adam back in the center of the postwar San Francisco and New York avant-gardes. Preview the feature here.

Christmas 2016

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Chicago Review Presents: A Reading by Ed Roberson
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On Thursday, February 11, Ed Roberson will read at the University of Chicago. Roberson is the recipient of the 2015 Ron Offen prize and the subject of a special section in the upcoming issue of CR. He will read from his ten books of poetry and present unpublished work.

Event co-sponsored by the Ron Offen Poetry Prize Fund and the Program in Poetry & Poetics

Thursday, February 11, 6 PM

Logan Center for the Arts

Seminar Terrace, Room 801

University of Chicago

915 E. 60th St.

Free admission

Issue 58:3/4 is off to print!
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CR 58:3/4, “Elliott Carter: Settings” is at the printer! In addition to the launch reading and concert next week at the University of Chicago, be sure to join us in print by preordering now. The new issue features

A PORTFOLIO of Carter’s essays on composition; his correspondence with John Ashbery and John Hollander; a checklist of his vocal works; and a new interview with David Schiff;

ESSAYS on Carter’s work by Lloyd Schwartz, Richard Saez, David Schiff, Lawrence Kramer, Jeff Dolven, Tony Arnold, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Ray Ragosta, and John Link;

POETRY by Clark Coolidge, Allen Fisher, Laura Kilbride, Mary Margaret Sloan, George Albon, John Godfrey, Will Alexander, Ted Pearson, Chris Glomski, William Fuller, Sandra Simonds, Peter O’Leary, and Micah Ballard; and translations by Henry Weinfield;

FICTION by Lina Ferreira C-V; and by Sylwia Siedlecka translated by Jennifer Croft; and by Patricio Pron, translated by Kathleen Heil;

A rich selection of REVIEWS of work by Redell Olsen, Anne Waldman, Peter O’Leary, Arno Bertina, Odon von Horvath, and Peter Gizzi; and of Emmett Williams’s anthology of concrete poetry;

And a MEMORIAL ESSAY on Amiri Baraka by Haki R. Madhubuti

Issue 58:2 is off to print!
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CR 58.2 is at the printer. Preorder now to look forward to

POEMS by Karla Kelsey, Donna Stonecipher, Clark Coolidge, Amanda Nadelberg, Oliviero Girondo (tr. Harris Feinsod & Rachel Galvin), Hirato Renkichi (tr. Sho Sugita), and Lisa Cattrone;

FICTION by Eduard Márquez (tr. Lawrence Venuti), Christina Hesselholdt (tr. Roger Greenwald), Michelle Dove, Brandi Wells;

CORRESPONDENCE between Robert Creeley and Larry Eigner (July—September 1951);

An ESSAY on lyric by Paul van Ostaijen (tr. Sascha Bru & Tom Willaert); an ESSAY on Edward Dorn by Stephen Fredman;

An INTERVIEW with Valerio Magrelli (by Dylan J. Montanari);

A host of fantastic REVIEWS: Richard Eldridge on Oren Izenberg, Nausicaa Renner on Lisa Robertson, Denise Dooley on Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Brady Smith on Ivan Vladislavic, Jose-Luis Moctezuma on Heriberto Yepez, Michael Autrey on Karl Ove Knausgaard, Andrew Peart on Richard Owens;

and a gorgeous COVER by Chicago’s Sonnenzimmer (www.sonnenzimmer.com)

Issue 58:1 is off to print!
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There’s so much to look forward to:

A strange and wonderful insert on the typography of blank pages, by Laksmi Cohen-MacGregor;

New poems by Lisa Jarnot, Phil Cordelli, Alfred Starr Hamilton, Eric Ellingsen, Tom Raworth, Marjorie Welish, Wong May; and Abdellatif Laâbi, translated by Andrew Zawacki;

New fiction by Matthew Nye; Felicitas Hoppe, translated by A. A. Srinivasan; and Sergio Pitol, translated by Cynthia Steele;

Nonfiction by Nathanaël, Rob Halpern, and J. H. Prynne;

A note on Kirill Medvedev; and, as always, rich reviews.

Lit Pub Reviews Issue 57:1/2
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The Lit Pub reviews our Ammons issue, 57:1/2. 

“Crass. Delicate. Geometric. Spare. Ammons’ work ties up our ways of knowing the world in a textile, one that reaches beyond the view of the eye when held up at arm’s reach. It is crass because it understands the world is profane in its abundance. It is delicate because it intimately knows the bluejays, pebbly sluices, orange juice, broken bones, and the after-effects of spring rains on earth worms’ chances of survival.

The Chicago Review keeps this substance in its rawest form, displaying copies of unpublished, typewritten, hand-edited drafts. (It even has the scroll of Ammons’ long poem Tape copied on its spine.) And the volume also provides sufficient analytical footwork, via four well-crafted essays, to catch the reader up to speed on the major readings of Ammons’ premier poems.”

Issue 57:3/4 is off to the printer’s!
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A Vivian Maier photo gallery;

Essays on Ecopoetics by Jed Rasula and David Nowell Smith;

New poems by Martha Ronk, Amaranth Borsuk, Jesse Seldess, Frederick Farryl Goodwin, Merrill Gilfillan, Rae Armantrout, Tim Earley, and Jena Osman. Aeschylus translated by John Tipton. Karl Larsson translated by Jennifer Hayashida. Michael Donhauser translated by Andrew Joron;

New fiction by Helen DeWitt and xTx. Luisa Valenzuela translated by Kirk Nesset;

Nonfiction by Gerald Bruns, Brian Blanchfield & Merrill Gilfillan, and Viktor Zhirmunsky (translated by John Hoffmann);

And, as always, a rich selection of notes and reviews.