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Aestheticizing the Stutter April 14, 2017: Although stuttering has a long history in the apocrypha of the West as an impediment serious enough to warrant correction (e.g., Demosthenes putting pebbles in his mouth to correct his speech and, [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 17, 2013: Aaron Kunin, Grace Period: Notebooks, 1998-2007 (Letter MachineEditions, 2013) In the generous, open spirit of Steve Benson’s improvisations, Kumin collects his ruminations that live up to Charles [...] by

Just Another Book Fiend October 30, 2013: It was the late singer-songwriter Warren Zevon who once quipped that when we buy books we think we’re buying the time to read them. I know that’s true of me and, I suspect, many other poets and [...] by

Digital Texts, Analog Books October 24, 2013: Last month I participated in a workshop on digital archives (specifically, the conversion of analog recordings into digital files) in the Langsam Library at the University of Cincinnati. This was the [...] by

Amateur Poets and the Academy October 21, 2013: As in other major cities across the United States, Cincinnati has its share of what we might call amateur poets. By amateur I mean poets who have published chapbooks and books, usually by small [...] by

Oracular Redux: The Poetry of Robert Murphy and Ralph La Charity October 17, 2013: Living in Cincinnati Ohio for thirty years, I’ve had my ups and downs adjusting to the cultures of the metropolitan area, quite distinct in form and emphasis from my hometown of Detroit, [...] by

Poetry Anthology Wars October 14, 2013: As I mentioned in a previous post, I am teaching a creative writing class, the first time in eight years, for the Cincinnati Art Academy. I’m also teaching the survey in British and American poetry [...] by

Individuality vs Individualism: Coteries, Affiliations, and Loners October 10, 2013: As a poet born in the United States of America in the middle of the last century, I grew up amid the conflicting messages of my traditional education (e.g., I took Latin in high school), my [...] by

Occupation Everywhere October 7, 2013: In my last post I tried to draw an analogy between the evolution of the version of human known as homo sapiens and the development of poetries and poetics “beyond” humanism. Although pundits [...] by

‘Why Can’t Poets Write Poems as Good as a Jay-Z Song?’: Posthumanism and Poetry October 2, 2013: In her well-known essay “How We Became Posthuman,” N. Katherine Hayles links the disappearance of the liberal humanist subject to the distribution of human desire and will through digital [...] by