The Problem with the Word Environment

[click here for a pdf that preserves the typography of the poem] The Problem with the word Environment Who environs whom the word presupposes a center something around which the earth swarms the word presupposes a human center as if the earth swarms around us the word presupposes the Jar…

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#YesAllWomen and Teaching WCW’s “The Young Housewife”

As I write this, I have my twitter account set to searching “#yesallwomen.” The hashtag didn’t exist before May 24th, and now after the tragic killings in Santa Barbra, there have been well over a million total tweets. (Before I finished that last sentence, I saw the “new results” for…

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Zoopoetics Chapter Descriptions

Zoopoetics: Animals and the Making of Poetry (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014). The Coat of a Horse: A Prelude      This prelude establishes the agency of a horse’s bodily poiesis in a way that anticipates the argument of the introduction. The horse becomes a maker through the somatic gestures of his ears,…

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Publication of “Toward a Zoopolis”

“Toward a Zoopolis: Animal Poiesis and the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Brenda Hillman” is now published in the section on Animality and Ecocriticism, guest edited by Scott Slovic, in the online journal Forum for World Literature Studies (Volume 6, Issue 1, 2014).  In the introduction to the section, Slovic…

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Endorsements for Zoopoetics

The endorsements are finalized for Zoopoetics: Animals and the Making of Poetry, as is the cover. “Zoopoetics is an original, lucid examination of how animals shape the human art of poetry. Drawing upon the foundational work of such scholars as Paul Shepard, Donna Haraway, and David Abram, Aaron M. Moe…

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