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 / 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

Art / Commentary / discussion / Essay / Relationships / Uncategorized

At Home with the Animals: Wood Block Paintings by Charles Smith

I had the pleasure of spending an exorbitant amount of time in one of my favorite used bookstores. Grey Matter is nestled just beyond the intersection of MA-9 and “the bridge.” Turn down East Street and you’ll find, hidden under the water tower, one of the best bookstores in Massachusetts. I was looking in the … Continue reading

Art / Commentary / criticism / discussion / Essay / Literature / Photography / Sensuality / Uncategorized / Washington Post

(Non)Apologia.

But like a figure in a TV makeover show, it was an apple that its handlers could not leave alone. They altered its shape. They made it firmer and more juicy. They made it so it could be stored in hermetically sealed warehouses for 12 months. Along the way, they changed its color and hence … Continue reading