Sagetrieb 20


Special Issue

A Festschrift for Burton Hatlen

Edited by Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos




Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos, “Burton Norval Hatlen (1936-2008)”

Dove Sta Memora

Essays on and in Honor of Burton Hatlen

Marjorie Perloff, “In Memoriam: Burton Hatlen (1936-2008)

Ellen Keck Stauder, “Of Rhythm, Image and Knowing: Burton Hatlen as a Reader of Pound”

Sara Dunton, “Hatlen’s H.D.”

Christopher MacGowan, “Burt Hatlen on William Carlos Williams”

Barrett Watten, “Thinking Through Orono: After Poetry of the 1970’s (2008)

Kaplan Harris, “Editing After Pound”

Trevor Sawler, “Burton Hatlen: An Annotated Bibliography”

On George Oppen

Kathleen D’Angelo, “‘The Sequence of Disclosure’: The Truth Hidden in Things in George Oppen’s Discrete Series

Duncan Dobbelmann, “‘A Ferocious Mumbling in Public’: How George Oppen Came to Be Canonized”

Burton Hatlen, “Oppen and the Unspeakable”

Joseph Noble, “George Oppen’s Discrete Series: Things Among Others”

Siobhan Scarry, “Oppen’s ‘We’ and the Poetics of the First Person Plural”

Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos, “The Prosody of George Oppen Poetry of the 1960’s—’Tho It Is Impenetrable'”


Ira Nadel, “Ezra Pound and MI5”

Zhaoming Qian, “Mai-Mai Sze, The Tao, and Moore’s Late Poetry”

Joshua Corey, “Robert Duncan’s Visionary Ecology”

Richard Owens, “Dissociations: The McCaffery-Prynne Debate”




Sagetrieb 19.3

(publication date 2006)

Special Issue
Edited by Elizabeth Savage and Lynda Szabo



Elizabeth Savage, “Love, the Lyric, and History in Lorine Niedecker and Susan Howe”

Ellen McGrath Smith, “A Stepmother for Transformations: Sara Henderson Hay’s Story Hour

Danette DiMarco, “‘Misfortune’s Monsters / The Human … Race’: Mina Loy’s American Lineage and an Urban Poetry of Economic Deprivation”

Susan Gilmore, “‘It Had to Beat the Inevitable’: Gwendolyn Brooks’s Report from the Fifties”

David W. Clippinger, “Resurrecting the Ghost: H.D., Susan Howe, and the Haven of Poetry”

Renée R. Curry, “H.D., Dove, Glück, and Levin: The Poetry of Afroasiatic and White Greece”

Review Essay

Deborah M. Mix, “Shaking the American Tree: Traditions of Innovative American Poetry by Women”

Cover: Photograph of Sara Henderson Hay, 1973. Courtesy Special Collections, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sagetrieb 19.1-2

SPRING and FALL 2000
(publication date 2004)

Poetry’s Poet:
Essays on the Poetry, Pedagogy, and Poetics of Allen Grossman
Edited by Daniel Morris


Daniel Morris, “Introduction: Poetic Witness as an Act of Love”

I. Close Readings, Literary Influences, and Critical Approaches

Mary Baine Campbell, “On the Laughter of Allen Grossman”

Susan Stewart, “Grossman’s Patience”

Jamey Hecht, “‘The Piano Player Explains Himself'”

Stacy Pies, “A Threshold of Openness: Allen Grossman’s ‘Eurydice, or the Third Reich of Dreams'”

Mark Halliday, “Abstraction Resisted (or, H Still H)

II. Ethics and Religion

Norman Finkelstein, “The Limits of Jewish Ethnicity: Allen Grossman’s A Harlot’s Hire

Roger Gilbert, “Visionary Care: Allen Grossman’s Dialectic”

David Mikics, “Visionary Poetry and Family Romance in Allen Grossman”

Maeera Y. Shrieber, “Spiritual Warfare: Allen Grossman on the Relation Between Poetry and the Institutions of Holiness, with Special Reference to Reznikoff’s Testimony

III. Postmodernism and Contemporary Cultures

Stephen Paul Miller, “Allen Grossman and the Metaphor of the Computer in Post-World War II America”

Ha Jin, “My Teacher Allen Grossman”

Matthew Kelley, “Pages Made Blank by Rain: Allen Grossman and the Sings of Obliteration”

Allen Grossman, “Discovery of the Poetic Principle: True-Love Considerations”

Mary Leader, “Linnet”

Cover: Eroded Rockface, Bar Harbor, Maine. Copyright 2000, 2004 by Michael Alpert.

Sagetrieb 18.2-3

FALL and WINTER 1999
(publication date 2002)

William Carlos Williams and the Language of Poetry
Edited by Burton Hatlen and Demetres Tryphonopoulos


Suzanne W. Churchill, “William Carlos Williams and the Poetics of Ending Others

Kerry Driscoll, “Inversions, Evasions, Strange Machinations of Desire: William Carlos Williams and the Baroness Revisited”

Bruce Holsapple, “Williams on Form: Kora in Hell

Tom Orange, “William Carlos Williams Between Image and Object”

Piotr Parlej, “Imagine the Outside: Metaphor in William Carlos Williams”

Michael Boughn, “Reanimated Numbers and Sounding’s Modulations in Two Poems by William Carlos Williams”

George W. Layng, “Rephrasing Whitman: Williams and the Visual Idiom”

Mark Gorey, “Reading Paterson Book One: The Interpenetration of Metaphor and the ‘Gathered Spray’ of Language”

Brian M. McGrath, “Towards a Poetry of the Present: William Carlos Williams’s Paterson, Book Three”

Shane Rhodes, “Matrimony of the Sign: The IDea and the Thing in William Carlos Williams’s Paterson

Darryl Whetter, “Pounding the Concrete: Williams’s Paterson as Typographical Pastoral”

Norman Finkelstein, “The Crisis of Language and Poetic Identity in Williams’s ‘The Desert Music'”

Aldon Nielsen, “William Carlos Williams and the New Black Poetries”

Donald Wellman, “A Complex Realism: Reading Spring and All as Seminal for Postmodern Poetry”

Cover: Fragment of a Williams poem, courtesy of the William Carlos Williams estate, New Directions Publishing Corp., New York, New York. Reproduced with the permission of The Poetry/Rare Books Collection, University Libraries, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Sagetrieb 18.1

(publication date 2001)



Michael Davidson, “Missing Larry: The Poetics of Disability in the Work of Larry Eigner”

John Lowney, “Poetry, Property, and Propriety: Lorine Niedecker and the Legacy of the Great Depression”

Georgia Johnston, “Lyn Hejinian’s Repetition: Reading a Narratology of Autobiography”

Craig Dworkin, “‘Seeing Words Machinewise’: Technology and Visual Prosody”

Timothy Gray, “Explorations of Pacific Rim Community in Gary Snyder’s Myths & Texts

Review Essays

Clive Meachen, “Creeley’s Company”

Barrett Watten, “Career Anti-Triumphalism”


Donald Wesling (Basil Bunting on Poetry, ed. Peter Makin)

Romana Huk (Keith Tuma: Fishing by Obstinate Isles: Modern and Postmodern British Poetry and American Readers)

Nate Dorward (Other: British and Irish Poetry since 1970, ed. Richard Caddel and Peter Quartermain)

Jeanne Heuving (Kathleen Fraser, Translating the Unspeakable: Poetry and the Innovative Necessity)

Burt Kimmelman (Mark Scroggins, Louis Zukofsky and the Poetry of Knowledge)

Michael Magee (Lorenzo Thomas, Extraordinary Measures: Afrocentric Modernism and Twentieth-Century American Poetry)

Joel Bettridge (To Do as Adam Did: Selected Poems of Ronald Johnson, ed. Peter O’Leary)

Cover: Typescript of an unpublished poetics statement by Larry Eigner, typed on the back of an envelope postmarked 22 July 1987. Collection of Benjamin Friedlander.

Sagetrieb 17.1-2-3

(publication date 2002)

Even on Sunday:
Essays, Reading, and Archival Materials on the Poetry and and Poetics of Robin Blaser

Edited by Miriam Nichols


Robin Blaser, “Great Companion: Dante Alighiere I”

Critical Essays and Readings

Miriam Nichols, “Introduction: Reading Robin Blaser”

George Bowering, “Robin Blaser at Lake Paradox”

David Sullivan, “‘Companions       are horizons’: ‘I,’ ‘You,’ Robin Blaser, and Emily Dickinson”

Norma Cole, “A Minimum of Matter: Notes on Robin Blaser, ‘The Fire,’ and ‘The Moth Poem’

Andrew Mossin, “Recovering the Public World: Robin Blaser and the Discourses of Subjectivity and Otherness in Image-Nations 1-12

Scott Pound, “Writing/Repeating Community: Robin Blaser’s Image-Nation Series”

Peter Middleton, “An Elegy for Theory: Robin Blaser’s Essay ‘The Practice of Outside'”

Fred Wah, “Music at the Heart of Thinking”

Paul Kelley, “Still, and Despite”


Robin Blaser and Jack Spicer, “Dialogue of Eastern and Western Poetry, Boston, 1956” (annotated by Robert Duncan, edited and introduced by Kevin Killian)

Robin Blaser, “Excerpts from Astonishments” (edited by Miriam Nichols)

Miriam Nichols, “Interview with Robin Blaser”

Cover photo: Robin Blaser, early 1990s. Photo by Kenneth Taranta.

Sagetrieb 16.3

(publication date 2000)



Albert Cook, “New Musics in Poetry: The Senses of Sound”

Meredith Miller, “These Mummies Must Be Handled Carefully: Domination, Appropriation, and Cultural Origins in Marianne Moore’s Egypts”

Elizabeth Willis, “‘All This Very Queer Knowledge’; Or, From Ornament to Ontology: The Gender and Dualism of the Modernist ‘New'”

David Clippinger, “The Act and Place of Poetry: William Bronk’s Our Selves

Judith Halden-Sullivan, “Poetry, Language, Thought: The Verse of Stephen Ratcliffe”

Joseph Arsenault and Tony Brinkley, ‘Traumatized Words, Trees, A Farmhouse: In Response to The Angel of History


Dennis Ryan (William Bronk, Selected Poems, ed. Henry Weinfield)

Jack Kimball (Burt Kimmelman, The “Winter Mind”: William Bronk and American Letters)

Lynn Keller (Jed Rasula, The American Poetry Wax Museum: Reality Effects, 1940-1990)

Timonthy Materer (Marjorie Perloff, Wittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary)

Hugh Witemeyer (Zhaoming Qian, Orientalism and Modernism: The Legacy of China in Pound and Williams)

Alec Marsh (Daniel Morris, The Writings of William Carlos Williams: Publicity for the Self)

Jesse Wolfe (Robin G. Schulze, The Web of Friendship: Marianne Moore and Wallace Stevens)

Alec Marsh (Jayne E. Marek, Women Editing Modernism: “Little” Magazines & Literary History)

Mark Morrisson (Keith Tuma, Fishing by Obstinate Isles: Modern and Postmodern British Poetry and American Readers)

Cover photograph by Michael Alpert.

Sagetrieb 16.1-2

SPRING and FALL 1997
(publication date 1999)

Special Issue
Over West: Selected Writings of Frederick Eckman

Edited by Linda Wagner-Martin and David Adams


Linda Wagner-Martin, “Introduction”

Frederick Eckman, “Selected Poems”

Frederick Eckman, “Selected Prose”

Tributes and Commentaries

Felix Stefanile, “The Frederick Eckman I Knew”

James L. Weil, “Poem Between Poems”

Hazard Adams, “The Wizard of Continental”

Alice Rethinger Watson, “Outside the Stained-Glass Windows, Looking In: Religious Elements in the Poetry of Frederick Eckman”

Cid Corman, “Something for Nothing”

Dave Oliphant, “Essay in Search of an Author”

Carol J. Pierman, “A Fantastic Way of Life: The Poetry and Place of Frederick Eckman”

John Henry Irsfeld, “Of Guns and Poetry”

Simon Perchik, “Confession”

Gena Ford, “Thinking of Fred Eckman”

Maxine Cassin, “From Fred’s Folder”

Theodore Enslin, “Notes Towards a Beginning”

T. D. Nostwich, “Some Reflections on Fred Eckman and His Poetry”

Horace Coleman, “The Continental Man”

Harald Wyndham, “‘Uncle Fred’: The Bard of Bowling Green”

David Shevin, “My Happy Condition (Remembering Fred Eckman Singing)”

Robert Creeley, “Fred Eckman”

Cover: Fred Eckman in Glenville, West Virginia.

Sagetrieb 15.3


Special Issue


Edward Dorn, “Recent Work”

The Vortex

Edward Dorn, “Introduction to Gunslinger Notes”

Stephen Fredman and Grant Jenkins, “First Annotations to Edward Dorn’s Gunslinger

Peter Michelson, “Edward Dorn, Inside the Outskirts”

Grant Jenkins, “Gunslinger‘s Ethics of Excess: Subjectivity, Community, and the Politics of the Could Be”

Burton Hatlen, “Toward a Common Ground: Versions of Place in the Poetry of Charles Olson, Edward Dorn, and Theodore Enslin”

Cover: Edward Dorn by Jennifer Dunbar Dorn

Sagetrieb 15.1-2

SPRING and FALL 1996

Special Issue


H.D., “The Suffragette, with a Preface by Donna K. Hollenberg”

Barbara Guest, “H.D. and the Conflict of Imagism”

Eileen Gregory, “H.D.’s Gods: Anthropology and Romantic Mythography”

Lin Knutson, “Arrested Moments: Communitas and Liminality in H.D.’s Her

Sarah E. White, “The Archaeological Context of H.D.’s ‘Secret Name’ and ‘Hesperia'”

Victoria Harrison, “When a Gift is a Poison: H.D., the Moravian, the Jew and World War II”

Christopher Galaver, “I Mend a Break in Time: An Historical Reconstruction of H.D.’s Wunden Eiland Ceremony in The Gift and Trilogy

Jane Augustine, “Preliminary Comments on the Meaning of H.D.’s The Sword Went out to Sea

Susan Acheson, “H.D. and the Age of Aquarius: Liturgy, Astrology and Gnosis in Trilogy

Michael Hardin, “H.D.’s Trilogy: Speaking Through the Margins”

Rosanne Wasserman, “H.D.’s Helen in Egypt: Comment on the Lyric”

Harriet Tarlo, “The Underworld of H.D.’s Helen in Egypt

Jeffrey Twitchell-Waas, “‘Set in eternity but lived in’: H.D.’s Vale Ave

Raffaella Baccolini, “‘There was a Helen before there was a war’: Desire in H.D.’s Winter Love and Pound’s Pisan Cantos

Kathleen Crown, “‘Let us endure’: Atomic-Age Anxiety in H.D.’s Sagesse

Cover: H.D. reprinted with permission from Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale Collection of American Literature, Yale University.