Vol. 14, – No. 1 & 2, Fall/Winter 1995 | Alaska Quarterly Review

Vol. 14, – No. 1 & 2, Fall/Winter 1995

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At the Umkumiut fish camp, Ella Tulik takes dried herring off a drying rack. Umkumiut is located on Nelson Island in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of Southwest Alaska.

©1993 James H. Barker

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Table of Contents

Special Feature: Patricia Hampl

First Person Singular: An Interview wIth Patricia Hampl
Look at a Teacup
From Virgin Time:
From the”Afterword” of A Romantic Education
From Woman Before An Aquarium:
Dream After Travel: Prague
Elegy for the Burned
The Moment
Summer Sublet
The White Gate
Six Chapters fromSpillville:
Laughing Water
Big Moon
The Wave
The Need to Say It
Memory and Imagination
Patricia Hampl is the highly acclaimed author of five books and a body of uncollected stories, poems, essays, and reviews. Her books include: A Romantic Education, a memoir about her Czech heritage; Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak’s summer in Iowa; Virgin Time, a memoir about her Catholic upbringing and an inquiry into contemplative life; and two collections of poetry, Woman Before an Aquarium and Resort and Other Poems. Her uncollected stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Ms., and The Best American Short Stories. Hampl is also the editor of The Houghton Mifflin Anthology of Short Fiction and Burning Bright: A Daybook of Sacred Poetry. The Los Angeles Times states, “Hampl’s ideas are grounded in the instincts and experience of a wise and full heart.” She also has the special ability to reveal the magic in the commonplace. As The New York Times Book Review observed: “Under Miss Hampl’s loving scrutiny, the smallest details take their place in a universe where everything is luminous with memory and its astonishing connections.” Hampl has received fellowhips from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, Djerassi Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1990 she was awarded a five-year MacArthur Fellowship. She is currently a 1995 Fulbright Fellow and a Professor of English at the University of Minnesota.


Oh Yeah Peter Finch
Peter Finch is a Welsh writer living in Cardiff. He has published one collection of short fiction, Between 35 and 42 (Alun Books), and numerous volumes of poetry. Finch currently runs the Oriel Bookshop for the Arts Council of Wales.
Vaulting Patricia Fitzgerald
Patricia Fitzgerald’s stories have appeared in The Emerson Review and Calliope II.
Guys Rick Barba
Rick Barba has published stories from his recently completed collection in Black Warrior Review, The Quarterly, Quarry West, Chicago Review, Kansas Quarterly, and other journals. “Guys” is the title story from the collection.
His Chorus Christine Schutt
Christine Schutt has won a Pushcart prize and published stories in The Quarterly, The American Voice, and several anthologies including The Unmade Bed, edited by Laura Chester and published by HarperCollins. “His Chorus” is part of her collection of stories, Nightwork, to be published by Knopf.
Sick Leave Karen Heuler
Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, Ms Magazine, Carolina Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, and other journals. She works as a computer systems manager for a magazine in New York City.
The Artist in the House of Ham Beth Kephart Sulit
Beth Kephart Sulit has recent stories in Seattle Review, Laurel Review, and Iris.
Count Baldi’s Letter Frank Michel
Frank Michel’s stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, Glimmer Train Stories, and Confrontation.


Guest Editor: Stuart Dybek

In Daylight Stuart Dischell
Sunday Dinner
The Spider
Stuart Dischell is the author of Good Hope Road (Viking Penguin), a 1991 National Poetry Series Selection, and Evenings & Avenues forthcoming from Penguin.
No Moon Nancy Eimers
A Night Without Stars
Nancy Eimers’ book of poetry, Destroying Angel, was published by Wesleyan University Press. She has recent poems in The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and Poetry Northwest.
The Difference Hayden Carruth
In the Long Hall
Hayden Carruth has published 29 books (chiefly poetry), a novel, four books of criticism, and two anthologies. His most recent books are Suicides and Jazzers (1992), The Collected Shorter Poems, 1946-1991 (1992), and The Collected Longer Poems (1994). His Selected Essays will be published in fall 1995. He has been editor of Poetry, poetry editor of Harper’s, and for 20 years an advisory editor of The Hudson Review.
Six Poems by Luxorius Translations by Art Beck
Art Beck has published two books of poetry and two books of translations, one a selection of Rilke and the other a selection of Luxorius, entitled Simply to See. Ongoing projects include translation of all 90 extant Luxorius poems.
Ancient Teaching Stephen Dobyns
What They Do Always
Homeric Offering
Sketching Hector’s Eye
Stephen Dobyns’ most recent book of poems is Velocities: New and Selected Poems, 1966-1992, published by Viking in 1994. In January 1996, Viking will publish his ninth book of poems, Common Carnage. His most recent novels include The Wrestler’s Cruel Study (Norton, 1993) and Saratoga Backtalk, a mystery novel (Norton 1994). Saratoga Fleshpot will appear in July 1995.
Sleeping Beauty:An Alternative Reading Paulette Roeske
Paulette Roeske’s second book of poems, Divine Attention, was published by Louisiana State University Press. Her poems have appeared in recent issues of Poetry East, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Poetry Northwest.
Miasma Amy Gerstler
Dog World
Amy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, fiction, and journalism. Her most recent book of poems is Nerve Storm (Viking Penguin, 1993). Her book Bitter Angel, won the Book Critics’ Circle Award for Poetry in 1990.
The Laughter of Women Lisel Mueller
Lisel Mueller is the author of five volumes of poetry, including The Need to Hold Still, which won the National Book Award. Her New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press.
Rage Reginald Gibbons
Reginald Gibbons is the author of four books of poems and most recently a novel, Sweetbitter (Broken Moon Press). He is the editor of TriQuarterly magazine.
Khartoum Dinner Light Terese Svoboda
Terese Svoboda’s third book of poems, Mere Mortals, was published by the University of Georgia. Her first novel, Cannibal, won the Bobst Award and was selected as one of the top ten books of the year by SPIN magazine.
Library D.C. Berry
D.C. Berry’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Chicago Review, and The New England Review.
Youths Adrift in a New Germany Turn to Neo-Nazis David Breskin
A Small Boy, Your Son
David Breskin’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Salmagundi, Harvard magazine, and Poetry East.
Two Preludes James McManus
James McManus’ poems have appeared in the 1991 and 1994 editions of The Best American Poetry. “Two Preludes” is from an in-progress sequence. Five other poems from this sequence appeared in The Paris Review. McManus’s fourth novel, Going to the Sun, will be published by HarperCollins early in 1996.
This Dance John Rybicki
John Rybicki’s poems have appeared in The Quarterly, Poetry East, Yankee, New York Quarterly, and other journals.
Aliens Kim Addonizio
Tell Me
Kim Addonizio is the author of a book of poems, The Philosopher’s Clue (BOA Editions, 1994), which received the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award. Her other awards include two NEA fellowships. Recent work can be found in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, and Threepenny Review. She is a contributing editor of ZIPZAP, an e-zine on the World Wide Web.
Anna Akhmatova Spends the Night on Miami Beach John Balaban
John Balaban is the author of several books of prose and poetry, including Words For My Daughter, selected for the National Poetry Series.