Robert Mazzocco is an American poet and critic.

IN THE REVIEW

Milking an Elk

A master of both insult and befuddlement, he was agreeably both a scamp and a dupe. And he rose to the fore of his eminence as an entertainer at a time in the history of popular culture, during the Twenties and Thirties in America, when it was still possible for …

Heading for the Last Roundup

Paris, Texas

a film directed by Wim Wenders, written by Sam Shepard

Motel Chronicles

by Sam Shepard
When the plays of Sam Shepard began appearing in the Sixties at underground theaters like La Mama or the Caffe Cino he was often thought to be a surrealist dramatist. That’s true enough of much of his atmospheric detail, early or late: Angel City and its phantasmal green slime, Operation …

The Right Stuff

From the First Nine: Poems 1946-1976

by James Merrill

The Changing Light at Sandover "Mirabell's Books of Number," "Scripts for the Pageant," and a new coda, "The Higher Keys"

including the whole of the trilogy: "The Book of Ephraim," and James Merrill
With the publication now of From the First Nine and The Changing Light at Sandover, one can better trace James Merrill’s development over the last thirty years, from the voyages and tours of the “international theme” in his earlier poems through the supernatural forays of the trilogy—always bearing in mind …

The Supply-Side Star

In a less complex age, the Thirties, say, when opinion polls first began, “free spirit” and “rugged individualist” could, on occasion, blend in the “little people” heroes of Frank Capra—a Mr. Deeds or a Mr. Smith. By the end of the Second World War, with the constant acceleration of events, …

Embracing Adversity

The Star-Apple Kingdom

by Derek Walcott
Derek Walcott has both a seafarer’s resourcefulness, appropriate to a West Indian, and a moralist’s eye for character and commitment. In this powerful new book he mediates again the “ancient war between obsession and responsibility” or reflects on the current of history as it afflicts the forfeited beauty of his …

Ceremony

They’ll only get the future wrong The arrangement will never fit The jug of lemonade the animals In the field the eternity of fog But walking along past the tennis court Abel suddenly turns and Cain sees that he’s dead That among yesterday’s …