poetry / reading / Relationships / Uncategorized

Revisiting the Hermitage: Questions & Answers After Reading “Sanctuary” by Jean Valentine

Past midnight; the gravitational pull inside the hour pushing into the next day. I am tired; knees buckle.  I cannot say that I am trapped in the “Sanctuary” , a poem by Jean Valentine because I can straighten myself up and walk forward and away. But the address of “you” is too inviting and I am drawn … Continue reading

Protest: Action, Performance, History, Literature / Revolt! Symposium / Uncategorized

Please Share: Revolt! Upcoming Symposium, Providence, RI, Fall 2018

Good morning! I am really excited to be involved with this project– please share with your friends, colleagues, graduate students, independent scholars, anyone— we want to read your abstracts!  Here is a link to our website: https://revoltsymposium.wordpress.com/ We’ve also posted our call-for-papers on UPenn CFP, MLA Commons, theCFPList, and other places. This topic and event is … Continue reading

Art / Essay / Muriel Rukeyser / Poetics / poetry / reading / Sound / Uncategorized / Writing

New Essay On Muriel Rukeyser

I am excited to share my essay, “She Sings the Body Electric: Soundscape in Two “Songs” by Muriel Rukeyser,” up and ready for reading at the Muriel Rukeyser: A Living Archive Scholarship Page (sponsored by the Eastern Michigan State University English Department and EMU’s Women in Philanthropy, founded and edited by Elizabeth Däumer). I hope … Continue reading

19th c. British Lit / Essay / Uncategorized

On Patience

I dislike quotes about anything involving patience. Virtue. Fortitude. Calmness. The idea that “patience is a virtue” is cloying, unremarkable. Cliché. In Chapter III of “Patience Nescot’s Narrative” she writes about her own issues with her namesake as well as the act of patience: But then is not patience servile and cowardly, a shrinking thing … Continue reading

Commentary / discussion / Essay / German Literature / reading / Walter Benjamin

Reading Life: Instructions for Reading One-Way Street by Walter Benjamin

1. You must read the book cover to cover. Do not skip the preface or introduction; allow yourself to soak up Marcus’ observations and Jennings history with Benjamin. 2. You do not have to read Benjamin’s text in order. I did. There is no damage in doing so, but give yourself the freedom to explore and … Continue reading

Commentary / Elizabeth Bishop / Essay / Fish-herring / I love you. / poetry / Relationships / Uncategorized / William Shakespeare

On Saying “I Love You”

“I Love You.” F.P.; Am Ostbahnhof. Creative Commons License, Flickr. A common phrase extolling emotional urgency due to the “attractive qualities” of another; “deep affection”; a conveyance of “benevolent attachment” and “fondness.” [1] To say “I love” is also an exaggeration of the “you” or any detachable noun or pronoun: I love you! I love … Continue reading