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The Georgia Review Spring 1998

Table of Contents


The Good War and the Great Snafu

by Philip D. Beidler

Watershed: An Excursion in Four Parts

by Emily Hiestand

B Major

by Willa Rabinovitch


by Susan Whitmore

Dancing with Alligators

by Evelyn James


by James McKean

Love Is a Twelve-Bar Blues

by Frank X. Gaspar

Mesa View: Blue Sky, Pink Cloud, White Moon

by Reg Saner

My Dream of the Empty Zoo

by Janet Reno

Retirement & Haycutters

by William Stafford

The Corals

by Larissa Szporluk


by Lucien Stryk

Your Faithful & Obedient Servant & Speculation on Those Who Have Had Affairs with Famous Poets

by Tim Bowling

Exposed: The Performer Backstage

by Michele Wambaugh

Ambiguity Isn’t What It Used to Be—Or Is It? (on Another Language: Selected Poems by Rosmarie Waldrop; Viridian by Paul Hoover; Crown of Weeds by Amy Gerstler; Through One Tear by Edward Nobles; and True North by Stephanie Strickland)

by Fred Muratori

Herman Melville’s Literary Lives (on Melville and His Circle: The Last Years by William B. Dillingham; Melville: A Biography by Laurie Robertson-Lorant; and Herman Melville: A Biography, Volume 1, 1819-1851 by Hershel Parker)

by Edward Butscher

Literary Culture and Its Watchdogs (on The Fateful Question of Culture by Geoffrey H. Hartman; A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Class Desire by Janice A. Radway; and Life Sentences: Literary Essays by Joseph Epstein)

by Sanford Pinsker

on Literature Lost: Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities by John M. Ellis

by Sanford Pinsker

The Power of Witness (on Fruits of Sorrow: Framing Our Attention to Suffering by Elizabeth V. Spelman; Vigil by Alan Shapiro; Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty; and This Wild Darkness: The Story of My Death by Harold Brodkey)

by Jeanne Braham


Spring 1998