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Illinois State Univ.,
4950/Publications Unit
Normal IL, 61761

24 pp., $3.50

In its tenth year of publication, edited by Andrei Cordrescu (who appeared on ABC's Nightline about a month ago, proving [unlike Allen Ginsburg on David Frost Circa 1972] that not all poets have to be embarrassing when on the one-eyed moloch) and Laura Rosenthal, this publication has been in existence for 10 years. It seemed to be revitalized over the past two years or so, and delivers some strong unexpected commentary, essays and reviews. This issue yields Edward Field on Arthur Chester; a Ralph LaCharity rantessay on the performative possibilities of poetry; bureau reports from Belize City and Panajachel from Joel Lipman; poems by old hands Anselm Hollo, Clayton Eshleman, and folk treasure Alfred Starr Hamilton; plus newcomers like Sparrow. Best feature might be the "Body Bag," where Laura airs some of the dirty laundry of people's submissions, and lists names of those rejected. You'll be surprised at how many people you know. More than just another way to get your name into print. A bimonthly treat.--John Stickney

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #3,
Copyright Burning Press 1993, 1995.

Contact the editor, luigi-bob drake, at Burning Press