Five Points, Vol. 2 No. 3

Spring / Summer 1998

From Charles Wright, “That’s the way a lot of the people I admire are. They just read. I don’t. I walk around a lot. I, on the other hand, walk around. I look at things, look at paintings, look at reproductions. I’m much more interested in the visual.”

Table of Contents


  • Charles Wright
    • Step-Children of Paradise
    • Thinking about the Night Sky, I Remember a Poem by Tu Fu
  • W.S. Merwin
    • Purgatory XIV
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt
  • David Kirby
    • Meetings with Remarkable Men
    • An Otherwise Mediocre Film
    • The Ghost of Henry James
  • Barbara Hamby
    • Ode to the Lost Luggage
    • Warehouse at the Rome Airport
    • Ode on My Bitterness
  • Linda Pastan
    • Oak Leaves
    • On the Death of a Red Dog
    • Sam Hamill
    • Shunga
    • A Thousand and One Tales


  • Joyce Carol Oates / The Princess Who Died in Old Muirkirk
  • Ha Jin / In the Kindergarten
  • Ursula Hegi / The Weight of All That Which Was Never Brought Forward
  • Alvin Greenberg / Gruber in Traffic


  • Greg Johnson / Joyce Carol Oates Goes to College: Syracuse, 1956-1960
  • Robert Wrigley / What the River Says
  • Stuart Dybek / Thread


  • Charles Wright / An Interview by Ernest Suarez and Amy Verner


  • Frank Hunter / Sunflowers