The collected chronicles of Steve Evans’ reading, writing and thinking about poetry during the years 1998-1999, originally distributed by email to a list of subscribers. Also includes writing by Daniel Bouchard, Lytle Shaw and others.

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Notes to Poetry 1, p. 8

James Schuyler’s “Hymn to Life” in Hymn to Life (New York: Random House,1974) 123-39.

Anselm Berrigan’s They Beat Me Over the Head with a Sack (Washington D.C.: Aerial/Edge, 1998).

Lee Ann Brown’s The Voluptuary Lion Poems of Spring (New York: Tender Buttons, 1997).

Stephen Rodefer’s Mon Canard (privately published; Paris: New Year’s Day, 1995).

Juliana Spahr’s excerpt from LIVELIVELIVELIVELIVE in The Germ 1 (1997): 129-40.

Kevin Nolan’s Alar (Cambridge, UK: Equipage, 1997).

Jack Spicer’s Book of Magazine Verse (1966) in The Collected Books (Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow, 1989) 247-67.

Notes to Poetry 2, p. 12

Jordan Davis’s Upstairs (Cambridge: Barque, 1997).

Marc Lowenthal’s translation of Notes on Poetry by Paul Valery / Andre Breton & Paul Eluard (Buffalo: Club of Odd Volumes, [1997?]).

Kenneth Fearing’s Complete Poems, ed. Robert M. Ryley (Orono: National Poetry Foundation, 1994).

Andre Breton, Rene Char, and Paul Eluard’s Ralentir Travaux trans. by Keith Waldrop (Cambridge: Exact Change, 1990).

Laura Moriarty’s Symmetry (Penngrove: Avec, 1996).

Tom Raworth’s Ace (1974; Berkeley: The Figures, 1977).

Notes to Poetry 3, p. 15

Bill Berkson’s Enigma Variations (Bolinas: Big Sky, 1975).

Peter Gizzi’s Artificial Heart (Providence: Burning Deck, 1998).

Angle 3 (1998), edited by Brian Lucas.

Bob Perelman’s poems from “The Birth of Venus” (1969) to Face Value (1988).

David Bromige’s “Jackson Mac Low’s Lifetime from Conception to the Dawn of his 75th Year,” Crayon 1 (1997): 5-15.

Dale Smith’s Sillycon Valley (Palo Alto: Gas, 1997).

Notes to Poetry 5, p. 18

Stephen Rodefer’s poetry


Notes to Poetry 12, p. 19

Marcel Cohen’s The Peacock Emperor Moth, translated from the French by Cid Corman (Providence: Burning Deck, 1995).

The Journal officiel de la Commune de Paris (Atelier Ressouvances, 1997);

Prosper – Olivier Lissagaray’s Hi s t o i re de la Commune de 1871 (La Decouverte, 1996); Les poetes de la Commune, presented by Maurice Choury and with a preface by Jean-Pierre Chabrol (Seghers,1970); and Kristin Ross’s The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune (Minneapolis: U of Minnestoa P, 1988).

Explosive 4 (Spring 1998), edited by Katy Lederer.

William Fuller’s Aether ([n.p]: Gaz, 1998).

Raymond Queneau’s Journaux 1914-1965, edited by A. I. Queneau (Paris: Gallimard, 1996).

Notes to Poetry 14, p. 24

Pam Brown’s 50-50 (Adelaide, Australia: Little Esther, 1997).

Benjamin Friedlander’s Period Piece (Buffalo: Porci con le ali, 1998).

Michael Gizzi’s Continental Harmony (New York: Roof, 1991).

Philly Talks 4 (February 1998), edited by Louis Cabri, featuring Jena Osman and Tina Darragh.

Notes to Poetry 15, p. 29

Michael Gizzi’s No Both (Great Barrington and Stockbridge: The Figures / Hard Press, 1998).

Notes to Poetry 17, p. 33

Alex Smith’s Enigma Variations ([n.p]: Reverse English, 1998).

Barrett Watten’s Bad History (Berkeley: Atelos, 1998).

Gare du Nord 1.2 (1998), edited by Douglas Oliver and Alice Notley.

Tom Clark’s White Thought (West Stockbridge: Hard Press / The Figures, 1998).

Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop’s Well Well Reality (Sausalito: Post-Apollo, 1998).

Notes to Poetry 18, p. 39

On Criticism and Censorship.

Notes to Poetry 22, p. 46

Robert Creeley’s Life & Death (New York: New Directions, 1998).

Tim Atkins’s To Repel Ghosts (New York: Like Books, 1998).

An Anthology of New (American) Poets, edited by Lisa Jarnot, Leonard Schwartz, and Chris Stroffolino (Jersey City: Talisman, 1998): Anderson, Brown, Burger, Coultas, Davis.

Notes to Poetry 25, p. 54

French poetry journals: Action Poetique 151 (Ete 1998), edited by Henri Deluy; and Une <> de 1950 a aujourd’hui , ed. and introd. Pascal Boulanger (Flammarion, 1998). * If 12 (1998), edited by Jean-Jacques Viton. * Java 16 (Hiver 1997/98), edited by Jean-Michel Espitallier and Jacques Sivan. * Po&sie 83 (1998), edited by Henry Deguy. * Pretexte 17 (Printemps 1998), edited by Lionel Destremeau. * Quaderno 1 (Printemps 1998), edited by Philippe Beck. * Revue de litterature generale (1/1995, 2/1996) edited by Pierre Alferi and Olivier Cadiot.

Anne-Marie Albiach’s A Geometry, trans. by Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop (Providence: Burning Deck, 1998).

Randolph Healy’s Flame (Bray, Ireland: Wild Honey, 1997).

An Anthology of New (American) Poets, edited by Lisa Jarnot, Leonard S c h w a rtz, and Chris St roffolino (Jersey City: Talisman, 1998): Ellis , Friedlander, Gardner, Gizzi, Gladman.

Notes to Poetry 34, p. 79

Juliana Spahr’s Fuck You – Aloha – I Love You (Privately published under the “Self-Publish or Perish” initiative, 1998).

Combo 1 (Summer 1998), edited by Michael Magee in Philadelphia and Pawtucket.

Alice Notley’s Mysteries of Small Houses (New York: Penguin, 1998).

Craig Watson’s Reason (Gran Canaria: Zasterle, 1998).

An Anthology of New (American) Poets, edited by Lisa Jarnot, Leonard Schwartz, and Chris Stroffolino (Jersey City: Talisman, 1998): Goldman, Hospodar, Jarnot, Kalleberg, Kaucher.

Notes to Poetry 40, p. 88

Emmanuel Hocquard’s Un test du solitude (Paris: POL, 1998).

Bill Luoma’s Works & Days (West Stockbridge: The Figures / Hard Press 1998).

Notes to Poetry 45, p. 94

Bernadette Mayer’s Another Smashed Pinecone (New York: United Artists, 1998).

Andrew Levy’s Elephant Surveillance to Thought (Buffalo: Meow, 1998).

Viktor Shklovsky’s Third Factory, edited and translated by Richard Sheldon (Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1977).

Joshua Beckman’s Things Are Happening (Philadelphia: American Poetry Review, 1998).

Bob Perelman’s The Future of Memory (New York: Roof, 1998).

Recent Journals of Poetics : Tripwire 1 (Spring 1998) and Tripwire 2 (Fall 1998), edited by David Buuck and Yedda Morrison in San Francisco; Shark 1 (Spring 1998), edited by Emilie Clark and Lytle Shaw in New York; Poetics Journal 10 (1998), edited by Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten in Berkeley and Detroit; Chain 5 (1998), edited by Jena Osman and Juliana Spahr in

Philadelphia and Honolulu; Rhizome 2 (1998), edited by Standard Schaefer and Evan Calbi in Los Angeles; Mr. Knife & Miss Fork 1, edited by Douglas Messerli in Los Angeles (1998).

Notes to Poetry 49, p. 105

“Jakobson’s Meta-Language: An Open Letter,” a guest contribution by Lytle Shaw.

Notes to Poetry 51, p. 112

“Packing My Library: A Note on Book Accumulation,” a guest contributionby Dan Bouchard.

Notes to Poetry 52a, p. 119

Notes to Poetry 52b, p. 128

Notes to Poetry 52c, p. 136

Year-End Review [collectively authored].


Notes to Poetry II-2, p. 148

Cole Swenson’s Try (Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 1999).

Manny Farber’s Negative Space (New York: De Capo, 1998).

Ray Ragosta’s Grondines Episode (Providence: Paradigm, 1998).

Notes to Poetry II-6, p. 157

Translation of “The Eyes of Stephane Mallarmé” by Jean-Michel Maulpoix, from La Quinzane Litteraire 749 (1-15 November 1998): 5.

Translation of “Beyond Debate: Mallarmé Continues” by Jean-Marie Gleize, from Magazine Litteraire 368 (September 1998): 61-63.