About Jerry Harp

Jerry Harp's books of poems are Creature (Salt Publishing, 2003), Gatherings (Ashland Poetry Press, 2004), and Urban Flowers, Concrete Plains (Salt Publishing, 2006). He has edited, with Jan Weissmiller, A Poetry Criticism Reader (University of Iowa Press, forthcoming). His reviews and essays appear regularly in Pleiades. He was a visiting professor at Kenyon College from 2001 to 2004. Currently, he teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

Remembering Vern Rutsala

Having spent his life producing a sizeable body of poetry, having received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation, having been a finalist for the National Book Award, and having spent more than forty years…

A Utopian Formation

One day this winter, we had a dusting of snow that shut down the campus for the afternoon. Here in Oregon not much snow is required to bring the city to a halt. Because I spent my early years driving…

Presidential Language

Especially striking about President Obama’s inauguration speech was its inclusiveness, exemplified in the opening line: “I stand here today humbled by the task before us.” No sooner does the singular subject begin to speak than the pronoun shifts into the…

Campaign Rhetoric

In a talk that she recently gave at Lewis & Clark College, Katha Pollitt, emphasizing the complexities of running a meaningful presidential campaign, pointed out that anyone in the room could run for president and come up with a platform…

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