My short review of Ron Silliman’s The Alphabet was recently accepted for inclusion in the next issue of Purdue’s literary journal, The Sycamore Review. It’s my second attempt at the book review, and I’m still trying to not be so positive all the time about the books I choose to review. But in this case, the praise was well deserved.
While writing the book review, I happened to read “What I See in the Silliman Project,” an essay from the mid-80’s by Stephen Rodefer reprinted in the most recent Chicago Review (54.3). It goes into much sharper detail and critique of the first three sections of The Alphabet. Much more incisive and comprehensive than I was able to get in 500-1000 words.