Don’t Get Poetry?–Try Climbing It

Reading poetry is all about climbing. I mean it. People who climb trees, rock faces, or the sides of playground equipment have a much better chance of “getting” poetry than non-climbers. It’s all about finding out how your voice and your gestures move through a poem. The technical term for…

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Flyer for Zoopoetics Presentation @ Bundy Reading Room | January 18, 2013

In this presentation, I discuss some of the crucial underpinnings of zoopoetics, and then I highlight the zoopoetic dynamic in Cummings’ and Whitman’s work. At the end, I read from my forthcoming essay “Toward Zoopoetics: Rethinking Whitman’s ‘original energy’.”   Many thanks to Rebecca for making this flyer! For a…

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Zoopoetics: Another Vision and Revision

In previous publications, blogs, and discussions with students, I have set forth a “two-fold” foci of zoopoetics. Both foci spin out of the etymology that suggests the makings of animals: 1) animals are makers in their own right, creating their own bodily poiesis; 2) some of the most innovative breakthroughs…

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