I’d like to announce the publication of my new book, Phenomenal Reading: Essays in Modern and Contemporary Poetics. It’s available now from the University of Alabama Press in paperback. Winner of the press’s Elizabeth Agee Prize for outstanding American literary scholarship, the book reprints eleven previously published essays on figures such as Carl Sandburg, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Robert Duncan, John Ashbery, Reginald Shepherd, and Rosmarie Waldrop. There is also a new twelfth chapter (on abecedaries!) and an original preface. Fun for all!
Check out my latest essay — “In Other Words: Postmillennial Poetry and Redirected Language” — in the new issue of the journal Contemporary Literature. It’s part of their “poetry of the previous decade” special issue edited by Michael Davidson, and it has lots of cool articles, including ones by Kaplan Harris, Evie Shockley, Juliana Spahr, and Timothy Yu.
I have just received a letter from Michael K. Young, the President of the University of Washington, stating that he approves my promotion from Associate Professor to Professor in the Department of English. Thanks to everyone who wrote letters on my behalf or otherwise supported me through the long review process!
My review of Les Murray’s Taller When Prone and John Kinsella’s Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley is now available over at the Los Angeles Review of Books web site. It’s at the bottom of a page that includes two other great reviews, Adam Plunkett on Hillary Gravendyk (a former student of mine! go go Hillary!) and Siobhan Phillips on Juliana Spahr.
The newest issue of the Chicago Review has–in addition to previously unpublished essays by the brilliant critic Veronica Forrest-Thomson and prose vignettes (in translation) by the Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk–my review of Cole Swensen’s Greensward (Ugly Duckling 2010), a small beautiful book about 18th century British gardens and the human/animal divide.
The book (Re:)Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan is now available from Palgrave. I have an essay in it titled “Robert Duncan and Gertrude Stein from Writing Writing to Ground Work II.” Thanks to the editor James Maynard for doing such a fine job with the whole project!
Cow Heavy Books has just published The Official Catalog of the Library for Imaginary Literature, a collection of blurbs for imaginary books that the writers would love to read. People involved include Craig Dworkin, Shelley Jackson, Bhanu Kapil, Warren Motte, Diane Williams, and, well, me. My blurb is for a (possible? potential?) book titled “Krakow Gardens.”