Literary #instaessays: Finding a Way

I am just starting to experiment in what could be called a literary‪ #‎instaessay‬–a compelling genre full of possibility. I have written a couple poem-essays on some images from The Emily Dickinson Archive. I am interested in what opens up in terms of circulation (and rhetorical velocity) when we have students …

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Negative Capability: Semester Mantra, Spring 2016

John Keats defines negative capability as the moment when one “is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” Difficult to do, but this semester, more than any other, I hope students linger in this space. I am teaching a course on Emily Dickinson. …

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Semester Mantra, Fall 2015

This semester, I am starting off one of my classes (and discussing later in my other courses) Walt Whitman’s “Vocalism,” which is my mantra. We are also reading Carolyn Hill’s “Changing Times in Composition Classes: Kairos, Resonance, and the Pythagorean Connection.” Why? To be a good reader and writer, one …

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The Protean Poetics of Spiders and Seeds | ASLE 2015

Can’t wait for ASLE 2015!! This presentation is based on a contribution on poetics forthcoming in The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies.         All this work by Aaron Moe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at  

The Witchcraft of Geometry & Muhammad Ali’s “ME / WE”

Known for her angles, circumferences, and slants, it is no wonder Emily Dickinson wrote “Best Witchcraft is Geometry / To the magician’s mind” (1158). M. C. Escher would agree. But I am more interested, at the moment, in the spellbinding power of what is known as the shortest poem ever …

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