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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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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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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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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The Inaugural Issue of Merwin Studies

We have launched the inaugural issue of Merwin Studies, and we invite you to peruse it: http://merwinstudies.com/current-issue/. Each article explores some aspect of the journey throughout Merwin’s work, arriving in his 2008 The Shadow of Sirius. Ed Folsom explores air; Russell Brickey traces time and animals; M. P. Jones IV…

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