March/April 1990

For William Stafford, poetry would always be a "wild animal" in the classroom, so he devised a way of teaching the art that challenged students' expectations.

Features

A Tribute to Donald Barthelme

by Kirkpatrick Sale
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A writer recalls the late poet Donald Barthelme's economy of language.

Sex, Art, and Jesse Helms

by Larry McMurtry
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A call for America's art lovers to compose a counter-chorus to the congressional Fear-of-Sex Follies.

Poetry Slamming in Chicago

by Luis J. Rodriguez
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Chicago has experienced a poetry renaissance, with the introduction of a strange, new ritual.

Selling to the Seller: An Inside Look at Bookstores

by Gary Aspenberg
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Everything you ever wanted to know about bookselling—and never bothered to learn.

William Stafford: An Interview

by Claire Cooperstein
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Poet William Stafford teaches writing in an unusual and innovative way.

Saturday's Women

by Julia Lisella
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Saturday Press in Montclair, New Jersey, is devoted to publishing the poetry of women over the age of forty.

The Antic Sound of Mortality

by George Core
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What are literary magazine editors looking for? The editor of Sewanee Review gives his answer in an excerpt from a new book.

Saturday's Women

by Julia Lisella
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Saturday Press in Montclair, New Jersey, is devoted to publishing the poetry of women over the age of forty.

News and Trends

Literary Groups Meet With NEA Chairman

by Arthur S. Rosenblatt
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An ad hoc literary group meets with chairman NEA John F. Frohnmayer to discuss recent restrictions placed on grants, and the subsequent threat to artistic freedom.

Wesleyan Joins University Press of New England

by Caroline Bock
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Wesleyan University Press merges with the University Press of New England consortium.

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