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Grace Lee Boggs

September 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

“Seeds of Change,” a Grace Lee Boggs piece on the Bill Moyers Journal site asks a host of What must be done? questions for our time. She quotes Margaret Wheatley on the necessity of cultivating a new way of thinking about how we should participate in our troubled societies: “From a Newtonian perspective, our efforts […]

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income gaps & Monbiot on the neoliberal con

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

The front page of yesterday’s Guardian featured a story, The Boardroom Bonanza on the 98 to 1 gap between executive and employee pay. I have no doubt that mention of the “R” word would carry little weight in policy discussions, but I also wonder what it will take for the people at the top to […]

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musings on language

August 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Reading Jerome McGann on Clark Coolidge : wandering Copenhagen, journeying to Manchester via Frankfurt… The twinned experiences of reading and thinking about poetry and poetics within the multilingual flow of heard languages in travel has got me thinking about language, language use, and language learning and teaching in new ways. It also has me wondering […]

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Tags: poetics · teaching

Eija-Liisa Ahtila

August 24th, 2007 · No Comments

One of the unexpected benefits of my short stay in Copenhagen is having discovered the work of Eija-Liisa Ahtila, a Finnish video artist and photographer, awarded the Artes Mundi prize in 2006. Ahtila describes herself as a slow worker, and shows new works at longish intervals. Her current exhibition at Copenhagen’s GL Strand, runs through […]

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Tags: poetics

end of term release

August 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Our first semester exams finished 1 August, but I was busy with marking, reading through student portfolios, writing up reports, committee work, etc. through 17 August. I failed, yet again, to make much progress cleaning my office, but I left Miyazaki on Monday the twentieth, and am now enjoying a working holiday. I have research […]

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Hic & Nunc at the Boulder Fringe

August 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

My sister Jessica and her partner Barry Oreck are performing at the Boulder Fringe Festival. They’ve got three more shows this coming weekend, Friday – Sunday. For more info, check out their page on the festival site.

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Seyhmus Dagtekin

May 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Yet another reason to be grateful for Pierre Joris’s return to more active blogging. Inspired by Pierre’s account of Dagtekin’s reading in Paris, I googled the poet, was was pleased to find his page at the French publisher site, Le Printemps des Poetes. I have no French, but very much enjoyed the excerpt from LE […]

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The Hillary Exception

May 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Over at the TPM Cafe, Ari Berman discusses the ties between big capital and politics-as-usual, a response to notices of his recent piece in The Nation, “Hilary, Inc.” Nails it.

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

May 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

James Wood has a delicious review of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in The New Republic. Here’s his in-a-nutshell description of dirty realism: This was a prose of short declarative sentences, in which verbs docked quickly at their objects, adjectives and adverbs were turned away, parentheses and sub-clauses were shunned. An anti- sentimentality, learned mainly from […]

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Poethical Retallack

May 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Digging, sorting, scrounging around in search of strategies for articulating a poetics/theory of/for autonomous learning and teaching found Joan Retallack’s contribution to Jacket 32, “What is Experimental Poetry & Why Do We Need It?” Consider this description of being in responsive flow: The chaotic interconnectedness of all things, the dynamic pattern-bounded indeterminacy in which we […]

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poetry and pedagogy

May 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Ron Silliman included a link to a Barbara K. Fischer review of Poetry and Pedagogy, edited by Joan Retallack and Juliana Spahr, the other day. Haven’t read the collection of essays yet, but it’s clearly a must as I’ve been slowly plowing the same fields, inspired by the same notions suggested here the last couple […]

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A reading test

May 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Geof Huth has published “A reading test” on his Visualizing Poetics blog. logo-like glyph…. he’s requesting comments, which he’ll then summarize and evaluate when he explains the text in a few days. Don’t reckon I’ve many readers as this blog space has been mostly dark for the last thirteen months, but having had the past […]

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WinK & WinM

January 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Today Joe Tomei & Rick Lavin are giving a talk today at KouritsuDai on using Blogger in writing classes. I wonder what the advantages of Blogger might be over using other blogging engines or even a dedicated server.

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Poetics, music, space

April 8th, 2006 · No Comments

more on poetics and music in open forms from Barrett Watten, the text of the talk Watten gave at the symposium two weeks ago. Braxton in the air, though still underground. Check out the 2001 interview with Fred Jung from Jazz Weekly. Good comprehensive intro on the Wikipedia Braxton page.

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blackbird

April 8th, 2006 · No Comments

There’s a male blackbird in a juniper perhaps 8 meters from my B&B window here in Harrogate. I can’t ever remember hearing the common blackbird sing before. Perhaps that’s because other than last spring’s visit to Cardiff, my only real stays in the UK have been too short, or in the winter. Have a listen, […]

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the intention economy

March 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Doc Searls has a really interesting piece on “The Intention Economy” up on the Linux Journal site. It’s a good, old-fashioned common sense critique of the marketing jargon that’s got most of us trapped in mind-rotting rhetorical fantasy lands. Bad for the soul, bad for the earth, and ultimately bad for business. Hoo hah!

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the rush to war

March 28th, 2006 · No Comments

The unsurprising but no less tawdry evidence of the a lack of good faith in democracy by Bush and Blair, reported in the New York Times March 27, is given historical context by “The Founders Never Imagined a Bush Administration.” Thanks to Josh Marshall for the link.

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discovering new music blogs

March 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Ron Silliman has a brief post about Anthony Braxton’s recent set of sessions at the Iridium. He links to the reviews posted on night after night by Steve Smith, a New York music writer. Also mentions the Current Free Practices in Music and Poetry symposium, which sounds like it would be a wonder to attend. […]

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digging the lit links

March 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Followed a link from ReadySteadyBook to an essay on Nancy Armstrong’s How Novels Think by Miriam Burstein. Ms. Burstein’s study of the history of the novel, specifically in relation to identity, consciousness, and literacy, resonates in a thousand directions and can serve as a touchstone for at least hundreds of potential studies encompassing the teaching […]

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critical moments in academic writing

March 14th, 2006 · No Comments

Pennycooks’ “Critical moments in a TESOL praxicum” is fascinating on several levels: 1. It takes one episode in the life of a teacher trainer, and seeks within the whole of that experience, including the train journey from Sydney to an outlying Asian majority suburb, as its primary subject. 2. The essay is framed by the […]

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Tags: teaching