Semester Mantra, Fall 2016

I wrote this blog-post a year ago, but have decided to use the quote by Cummings as a mantra for this semester. I am teaching “Ecopoetics in the Age of the Anthropocene” and a sampling of 20th Century American literature that focuses on trauma, healing, language, and consciousness. Therefore, wandering in …

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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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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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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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