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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Email to Students Tottering at the Edge of Brenda Hillman’s Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire

Hi Class, For Wednesday afternoon, I am providing an alternative. You can read the essay and interview by/with David Abram (found in syllabus; and here: “The Ecology of Magic”; Interview with David Abram)…. OR you can read the attached essay “Plant Intelligence” [not attached here, of course]. I know that several of …

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“For Occupation – This -”: The Legacy of Emily Dickinson’s Ecopoetics

In This Compost, Jed Rasula explores how the trope is “poetry’s composting medium” (9). This succinct statement powerfully directs our imagination to see how a recurring image, for instance, folds all previous images back into itself, composting them, and therefore becoming a fecund site full of biological synergy, so to …

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