Gargoyle 17/18
cover sculpture (Crow Woman) by Virginia Hubbard
publication date 12/21/1981

Table of Contents


Eric Baizer 
• Orbits

Deirdra Baldwin

T. Coraghessan Boyle

Christine Lahey Dolega 
• Harrison Fisher, Con
Harrison Fisher Interview

Kenneth Gangemi

Richard Grayson

Gretchen Johnsen 
• The Matrix of Meaning: Guy Davenport’s Geography

Ann L. McLaughlin 
• The Novels of Maxine Kumin

George Myers Jr. 
• Culture & Anarchy

Ian Robinson 
• The British Scene

Connie Sheldon 
• Travel USA: America’s Image Overseas

Henry Taylor 
• Harrison Fisher, Pro

Kenneth R. Timmerman 
• Letter from France


Maxine Clair 


I’m coming back as a melody a noble thoughtfeelingemotion to give birth to me as a clear soft Fitzgerald’s note in Ella’s throat high and afar a whole note trebling on. I will come down on a Mills Brothers’ bass slow deep heavy as an incarnation of Miles’ prince I’ll transpose myself into three quarter time, and come down on down to the earthy bluesy sensuous level where Bessie, Billie, Vaughn and McRae will stretch me out entwining my limbs around sixteen bars. I’ll swing away with effortless ease monkeying around in the aura of Thelonius touching on all levels I’ll make riffs chased by Ellington classical fingers keeping my rhythm with the untold talents of immortal Steveland when I tire of gliding through octaves, I’ll level off to that one note held in Louie’s horn where I’ll skip on and on with MJQ in scat bop style through time, yes, I’m coming back as a melody.

John Elsberg 

Edward Gold 
• Une Femme Comique

Kimble Kockich 
• Esmeralda and Her First Phone

James Maher 
• Body of Water

David McAleavey 
• Bonsai seisuke (National Arboretum)
• Burning burning

David Michael Nixon 
• untitled

Miriam Sagan 
• Yosemite. This Light.

Laurel Speer 
• Yesterday’s Doxy in Vienna

David Spicer 
• The Transexual’s Lament

Henry Taylor 
• One Morning, Shoeing Horses

Jim Vollmar 
• Midwinter Manoeuvres

Peter Wild 


What is this falling out of the sky
not a plain picnic bench
or a camel’s colored coat
with a spot, a city growing on it,
a patch of moss on the moon

but a tooth,
a failed spirometer,
one half of a woman’s body
beginning to twitch and dance.

leaving a hole, the surprise
of a man losing his hair
patch by patch,
it takes the same path as a meteor
of dough, only to make another
in the thicker
lake painted there
closing up after it just as the shocked
tourists shoot from their wooden chairs

and at the bottom churns for ages
while they never forget,
a vase, a question made of turquoise,
a stone basket from which
those generals the turtles nose out

climbing hand over hand
up the ladders of algae
some holding their breaths
others calling to one another
like lovers or sailors
scaling aboard a captured ship.

Peter Woolson 
• Middle Ages



Anne Becker 
• Lone Grieving Gunman

John Bennett 
Asta & Jacob

T. Coraghessan Boyle 
• Bloodfall

Paul House 
• A Cup of Hot Coffee

David Plumb 
• Late Show

Susan Coleman 
• drawing

Joyce Jewell 
• 2 etchings
• collage

Anna Neagoe 
• 3 paintings

Book Reviews by Frank Allen, Richard Flynn, Gabriele Glang, William D. Hunt, Lane Jennings, Richard King, Christine Lahey-Dolega, Edward Lynskey, Joe Marusiak, A.L. Nielsen, Kurt Nimmo, Richard Peabody. Patric Pepper, Robert Peters, David Sheridan, Laurel Speer, Martin Stannard, and Gail White