PERSPECTIVEnChroniclesnA MAGAZINE OF AMERICAN CULTUREnWhat Gift? by Charles CausleynA Cornishman’s account of his life and art.nVIEWS CORRESPONDENCEnOn the Study of History 14nby Forrest McDonaldnA prescription for living sanely in an insane world.nThe Process of Ratification 18nby M.E. BradfordnA study in political dynamics.nOPINIONSnPoets and the Art of Interior Design 22nby Thomas FlemingnCharies Molesworth: Marianne Moore: A LiterarynLife. Robert Bly: American Poetry: Wildness andnDomesticity. Timothy Steele: Missing Measures:nModern Poetry and the Revolt against Meter. FrednChappell: The Function of the Poet. Chroniclingnthe fall and rise of modern American verse.nPoems and McPoems 26nby Fred ChappellnI^onald Hall: Old and New Poems. The best andnworst of America’s most unpredictable poet.nThe Vessels of His Meaning 29nby David R. SlavittnO.B. Hardison: Prosody and Purpose in thenEnglish Renaissance. Reviewing the life andnwork of a universal man.nREVIEWSnAndrew Lytie’s At the Moon’s Inn is pure gold,nsays Chilton Williamson • George Garrettntells us Rabbit at Rest is Updike at his best •nDaniel Sundahl praises the new biography ofnJohn Berryman • Nothing new in this newnlife of explorer Richard Burton, says GregorynMcNamee, but it is a fascinating life still •nH.W. Crocker III regrets with Richard Brookhisernthe lost Way of the WASP •n32nLetter From Costa Rica: America in Spanish? 39nby Geoffrey WagnernLetter From the Heartland: Highway Robbery 40nby Jane Greern10nVITAL SIGNSnIn Loco Parentis: The Brave New Family 42nin Missourinby Laura RogersnRestoring Island Park: A Public/Private Trust 44nfor Wilderness Managementnby John Baden, Ramona Marotz-Baden,nand Ron CoopernPlaying With Wickedness 46nby David R. SlavittnEducation in an Age of Haste: A Glass 48nDay Speech by Leo RaditsanDEPARTMENTSnPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSnPRINCIPALITIES & POWERSnby Samuel FrancisnPOETRYnNew Year’s Evenand Tell Me a Storynby Frederick FeirsteinnRome, The Creation, and The Seventeenth Centurynby Richard MoorenON THE COVERnCover illustration by Anna Mycek-Wodecki.nnn12n21n41nFEBRUARY 1991/3n