“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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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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Endorsements for Zoopoetics

The endorsements are finalized for Zoopoetics: Animals and the Making of Poetry, as is the cover. “Zoopoetics is an original, lucid examination of how animals shape the human art of poetry. Drawing upon the foundational work of such scholars as Paul Shepard, Donna Haraway, and David Abram, Aaron M. Moe…

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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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