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Winter 1992, Volume 9.1


Eugene Hollahan

Eugene Hollahan (Ph.D., U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a professor of English at Georgia State University and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. His recent critical work includes articles on Lawrence Durrell, Graham Greene, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. A critical study, Crisis-Consciousness and the Novel, is forthcoming from the U of Delaware Press.


Blue Girls of 1990

Nineteen straight days of October rain
chasten our world, most peculiarly
our woods, to a hazy impression
along the parkside where you paint.
But what is this pulpy blue? The great,
the near-great, the pseudo-great,
of Delft, of Capri, or China,
Italy, Dresden, or Prussia,
Pompeii, Denmark, or Persia?
Something sad, deadly, obscene,
something, do not ask me what, call it
aquamarine, invades and stiffens.


Searching for Pocahontas

A match-flare and a glamorous
puff-ball gutter on a darkened air.
Someone playful, exotic, filmic
exhaling a grey fume.
Leaving the deep-six graveyard at Hatteras,
spendthrift as spindrift,
I blew myself to winding cloth-bolts,
woodwork buoyant as Queequeg's.
I spreed all day
among spreadout Tar Heels,
footloose in Ivanhoe and Calypso,
Tomahawk, Eureka, Comfort,
Tarboro and Mount Olive,
fetching up in Pocahontas.
At an evening meal of smoked flesh,
I stuck fast and watched a little hour,

spying from a vine-lashed gazebo.
On the breathless night air
I witnessed flares and puff-balls,
I eavesdropped on rasps
when she would snuffle,
smirch and smut the air
with hacking, rattling, furtive
last-gasp coughs.