Fall 2014 Semester Mantra: Kafka & Dwelling

There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait. Don’t even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked; it can’t do otherwise; in raptures it will writhe before you. …

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Why we have the Washington Redskins but not the Alabama Ni***rs; or, wtf

Much more is at stake with Washington’s mascot than being politically correct. Come on, people. Let’s think this through. The root of problem lies within an education system that fails to teach Manifest Destiny as something other than it really is. In reality, Manifest Destiny contributed to the largest genocide …

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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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