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FICTION: THE WELLES WE DIG

With an early history of fantastic projects like the radio broadcast of War of the Worlds and his directorial debut in Citizen Kane, Welles emerged as prodigy, genius, Hollywood darling.

REDEEMING ACCESSIBLE

Once, talking to two brilliant young poets, my father extolled Billy Collins, the former U.S. Poet Laureate. “He’s accessible,” responded the brilliant young poets witheringly, and I hope that if I begin by saying that Don Paterson’s book Rain is accessible, I am not condemning it thereby.

FICTION: NOT CRYING

The best story in Don’t Cry, Mary Gaitskill’s latest short story collection, is the title story. Had it appeared first rather than last, her readers might have been eager for the stories that followed.

The Letter from Death

Dear Death, I’ve read your letter. Thank you for taking time to write us humans. Given what’s going on in the world, the timing is perfect.

TOKENS

Centering on the racial turmoil in Mississippi in the early 1960’s, The Queen of Palmyra carries its reader from Millwood, Mississippi in early summer 1963—that fateful summer of Medgar Evars’s assassination—through the destruction and confusion of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

RAPID TRANSIT

Bold safaris into the syntax jungle, ontological forays through the neuro-impulse relays, the poems in Trance Archive fuse sci-fi and surrealism. Linguistic lattices, they circle the “riddled” rings of sound, echo, and meaning.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2010

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