Pacific Rim Review of Books

Issue Eight

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Complete Issue Contents:


  • “Approaches to Language, Literature & Insight Practice”
    An Interview with Robert Bringhurst by Sergio Cohn
  • “The Lion of Ermita: An Afternoon with Frankie Sionil Jose”
    By Frances Cabahug
  • “…exquisite lips, etc…”: Topic Sentence: A Writer’s Education, by Stan Persky
    Reviewed by Peter Grant
  • “Countering War with Wonder: Poetry and Peace in the Visionary Poetics of William Blake,
    by Susan McCaslin


  • Film: “A Night of Newlove” A Long Continual Argument: The Selected Poems of John Newlove, edited by Robert McTavish; What to Make of it All? The Life and Poetry of John Newlove, a film directed by Robert McTavish
    Reviewed by Jamie Reid
  • Diplomacy: Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
    Reviewed by Reg Little
  • Travel: “Sir Richard Francis Burton”
    By Jim Christy
  • Sound & Fury: “Red Beans and Rice”: Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock and Roll by Rick Coleman; City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes from Susan Spicer’s New Orleans by Susan Spicer with Paula Disbrowe;
    Reviewed by Joseph Blake
  • Public Affairs: The Social Entrepreneur: Making Communities Work by Andrew Mawson.
    Reviewed by Mark Cranmer
  • Letter From New York: “Walking Saint: Go Moan for Man”: Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac on the Road, Exhibition
    reviewed by Jordan Zinovich


  • “Branches on the Tree of Being”: The Tree of Meaning and Everywhere Being is Dancing: Twenty Pieces of Thinking by Robert Bringhurst
    Reviewed by Trevor Carolan
  • I Am a Beautiful Monster by Francis Picabi, translation Marc Lowenthal
    Reviewed by Allan Graubard
  • The Book of Fables by M.S. Merwin
    Reviewed by Richard Stevenson
  • The Selected Letters of Wallace Stegner, edited by Page Stegner
    Reviewed by Martin Van Woudenberg
  • “Sex, Murder & Kidnapping: New Books From Japan”: Losing Kei by Suzanne Kamata; Goodbye Madame Butterfly by Sumie Kawakami
    Reviewed by Hillel Wright
  • To the Castle and Back by Vaclav Havel
    Reviewed by Jan Drabek
  • “Revisting Childhood, A Distaff View”: Being Here by Rocio G. Davis;
    Reviewed by Ranbir Banwait
  • Where the Rivers Meet; New Writing from Australia edited by Frank Stewart et al.
    Reviewed by Sanja Garid-Komenenic
  • The Jesus Sayings: The Quest for His Authentic Message by Rex Weyler
    Reviewed by Steve D. Black
  • Little Emperors: a year with the future of China by JoAnn Dionne
    Reviewed by Yvonne Blomer
  • The Inumagi Clan by Seishi Yokomizo
    Reviewed by Hilary Matheson
  • “And Beauty Answers” And Beauty Answers by Elspeth Cameron; Imperial Masquerade by Grant Hayes-Menzies
    Reviewed by Linda Rogers
  • “The Christ We Cannot Ignore”: The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra; Journeys into the Heart of Catholicism by Ted Schmidt
    Reviewed by Steve Bentheim
  • A Poem by Robert Priest
  • “Vintage Pearson: The Delights and Perils of the Imagination” A Perfect Gentle Knight by Kit Pearson
    Reviewed by Hilary Turner
  • Jungle Crows: a Tokyo expatriate anthology, edited by Hillel Wright
    Reviewed by James Eke
  • Phantom Limb by Theresa Kishkan
    Reviewed by Allan Brown
  • “Robin Skelton”: In This Poem I Am by Robin Skelton; Facing the Light by Robin Skelton
    Reviewed by Hilary Turner
  • I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young-Ha
    Reviewed by Bruce Fulton
  • Ordinary Days by Cornelia C. Hornosty
    Reviewed by Yvonne Blomer
  • The Deserter’s Tale by Joshua Key
    Reviewed by James Eke
  • “Boundary Bay Poem”
    Poetry by David Watmough