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Promotion Approved

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!

Available for Preorder, Woot!

My second book, Phenomenal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics, will soon be available from the University of Alabama Press. You can see all the details on their site. Amazon is taking preorders, if you feel so inclined.

Review of Les Murray and John Kinsella

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.

New Piece in Review-19

A new review of mine has gone live over at the web site Review 19.  I talk up Sandra M. Gustafson’s Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic. Dan’l Webster, Davey Crockett, James Fenimore Cooper — what more could one want?

Chicago Review Review

The newest issue of the Chicago Review has–in addition to previously unpublished essays by the brilliant critic Veronica Forrest-Thomson and prose vignettes (in translation) by the Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk–my review of Cole Swensen’s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!

She strikes!

I’ve just posted a new short blog entry over at the Stanford Arcade web site.  This time around, I’m translating and commenting on a cool poem by Mikołaj Sęp-Szarzyński (1550-81).

Blurb for Imaginary Book

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.”

Launch Achieved

Okay, I’ve committed. I’ve taken down the old site, including the lectures, e-poems, and other oddities, and replaced it with this one. Wish me luck!

Building New Web Site

My old site was built with DreamWeaver a decade ago, and it’s looking sadly retro. Stay tuned as I develop the replacement!