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Make: The Magazine of Women's Art, no.82, Dec 98 - Feb 99.
This is called a beast of an issue. It looks at women artists working with
the animal, the beast and related imagery. It cites Marina Warner's _From
the Beast to the Blonde_, which has become an important reference text for
women poets too. I particularly liked a feminist critique of the
animal-becomings in "A Thousand Plateaux: Capitalism and Schizophrenia" by
Deleuze and Guattari. There is also a review of Diva: the Video
Installation by Fabienne Auteoud.
-- Frances Presley
Fragmente: Psychoanalysis and Poetics, edited by D.S. Marriott & Vicky
Lebeau, no. 8, Summer 1998.
This special issue tends to assume, in some of its articles, a rather
specialist knowledge of psychoanalytic theory. It includes an article by
Vicky Lebeau on "Clinical Poetics" which looks again at Freud's analysis of
the dream of Irma's injection. Irma was the patient who suffered from
hysterical choking and was unable to open her mouth properly. There is
also an article by Suzanne Raitt: "Love in the time of Lacan"--the poetry of
Veronica Forrest-Thomson. In both writers Raitt finds a subject impossibly
dispersed by the operation of the signifying order in which it must,
somehow, find its being; but also of a subject which is inconceivable
except as an effect of desire. Also of interest for women experimental
poets is Anthony Mellors' thorough-going attack on Charles Olson's phallic
mysticism. There are two poems by Marjorie Welish in this issue.
Claudia Rankine, The End of the Alphabet, Grove/Atlantic.
A series of extended meditations--fragmented, impressionistic, often
elegiac, both lyrical and resistant. Rankine's writing is incredibly
evocative of mood & situation, even as it completely eschews narrative structures.
-- Elisabeth Frost
Deanne Lundin, The Ginseng Hunter's Notebook, New Issues (forthcoming,
This is a collection of often interlinked poems, some very visual in form &
others more traditionally formal, exploring questions of knowledge,
history, & the nature of healing, both modern & ancient. They're poems
that take leaps & seek, I think, to reinvent the lyric in new forms.
go to this issue's table of contents