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The Antioch Review – Spring 2005

In its 63rd year, The Antioch Review is still a benchmark. Robert S.Fogarty’s editorial quote from Claude Levi-Straus identifies its theme as, “the search for unsuspected harmonies.” In the lead essay—of seven solid essays—Daniel Bell’s “Ethics and Evil: Frameworks for Twenty-First-Century Culture” asks: “How do we contain wars of faith, and the spread of potent ideologies while giving people an anchorage for their lives?” while Alan Cheuse’s ”Reflections on Dialogue: How d’yuh get t’Eighteent’ Avenoo and Sixty-Sevent’ Street?” addresses the question of the narrator in “And God said let there be light, and there was light [. . .]” while tracing the origins of speech and story. Iraj Isaac Rahmim’s autobiographical “Sacrifices” defines poverty: “[. . .] being poor as a student is not being poor at all; it is simply getting an education.” Work from eleven fine poets (among them: Neil Azevedo, Michael Demos, and Marilyn Nelson) is included and in “Poetry Today,” John Taylor concludes his review of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Selected Poems and Giorgio Caproni’s The Earth’s Wall: Selected Poems 1932-1986 with poetry of his own: “[. . . ] intimations of citadels looming there above us, even as we pass below the ramparts [. . .].” In its 63rd year, The Antioch Review is still a benchmark. Robert S.Fogarty’s editorial quote from Claude Levi-Straus identifies its theme as, “the search for unsuspected harmonies.” In the lead essay—of seven solid essays—Daniel Bell’s “Ethics and Evil: Frameworks for Twenty-First-Century Culture” asks: “How do we contain wars of faith, and the spread of potent ideologies while giving people an anchorage for their lives?” while Alan Cheuse’s ”Reflections on Dialogue: How d’yuh get t’Eighteent’ Avenoo and Sixty-Sevent’ Street?” addresses the question of the narrator in “And God said let there be light, and there was light [. . .]” while tracing the origins of speech and story. Iraj Isaac Rahmim’s autobiographical “Sacrifices” defines poverty: “[. . .] being poor as a student is not being poor at all; it is simply getting an education.” Work from eleven fine poets (among them: Neil Azevedo, Michael Demos, and Marilyn Nelson) is included and in “Poetry Today,” John Taylor concludes his review of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Selected Poems and Giorgio Caproni’s The Earth’s Wall: Selected Poems 1932-1986 with poetry of his own: “[. . . ] intimations of citadels looming there above us, even as we pass below the ramparts [. . .].” “Sayings of Confucius” by Christopher Torockio will turn up in BASS if my vote counts. “The Hardest Thing” by Rebecca Kavaler and Jennifer Moses’s “You’ve Told Me Before,” deal effectively with difficult aging parents. “Last Night’s Excitement,” by Zdravka Evtimova, visits a society where no one dies. In all respects a stellar issue. [ www.review.antioch.edu]

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