Reading William Carlos Williams

Context N°11 by Linda Wagner-Martin William Carlos Williams might have been surprised to find CONTEXT reprinting sections of his 1923 prose-poem and poem collage, “Spring and All.” Then again, writing for all of us truly common readers, the pure products Read on! →

University and Bookstore Advisors

Context N°12 A Ralph Adamo, Dillard University Gail Adams, West Virginia University Tom Ahern, Latitude 33, Laguna Beach, CA Philip Ahrens, Gotham Book Mart, New York, NY Gail Albutt, Stanford Bookstore, Stanford, CA Beth Alcouloumre, Borders Books & Music, Kallua-Kona, Read on! →

Reading Guide

Context N°12 We asked our academic advisors to name which literary works all students should read. The following list of their responses is run annually to introduce new readers to the aesthetic tradition that CONTEXT supports. Literary Works All Students Read on! →

Review of Literary Resources

Context N°12 by Megan McDowell For readers just starting to explore what’s available in the diverse world of small press publishing, there are a number of good places to look. The Small Press Distribution catalog, for one, or their website Read on! →

Critical Conditions

Context N°12 by Daniel Green I.The Educated General Reader Among the lighter casualties of the great Internet crash must be counted the possibility of a cyber-based style of literary criticism offered up initially by such web publications as Salon, Slate, Read on! →

Don’t Force Dammit

Context N°12 by Anne Burke Poems we could do without . . . I think it’s about time we call a moratorium on poems that begin with talk of trees, leaves, and branches, leading inevitably to an overt statement about Read on! →

From At Swim-Two-Birds

Context N°12 by Flann O’Brien Upon receiving Anne Burke’s contribution to this issue (see following page), the editors recognized at once that the argument Ms. Burke is making in her unique way—”A given in the discussion was that the panelists Read on! →

Silling: A Sadean Mirror

Context N°12 by Rikki Ducornet Sade completed “that most impure tale”—and the words are his—The 120 Days of Sodom—in the Bastille where he was confined for infractions that, if they were outrageous, were not murderous and—unlike civilians in war-time—involved consenting Read on! →

Reading Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Context N°12 by Warren Motte What are we to make of a man who wishes nothing more than to spend the rest of his life in his bathtub; a man who organizes imaginary international dart tournaments in his hotel room, Read on! →