Midsummer, Memory

Cody Walker
June 30, 2015
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What do you remember from age four and a half? Anything? Most of my memories begin around age five—and even those are few and fleeting. My earliest memory is one that I’ve never written about: it feels too central to…

Teach This (Part IV)

Dora Malech
June 30, 2015
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[Continued from yesterday’s post on teaching Robert Hayden’s “The Ballad of Nat Turner.”] It might seem strange to teach the same poem twice in a single semester (particularly two weeks in a row), but a poem like Robert Hayden’s “The…

Neustadt Prize Nomination: Don Paterson

Amit Majmudar
June 29, 2015
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  This year I’ve had the honor of joining the jury for the Neustadt International Prize in Literature, called by some the “American Nobel.” As a juror, I was given the opportunity to nominate one creative writer (poet, novelist, or dramatist)…

Teach This (Part III)

Dora Malech
June 29, 2015
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Building off of my posts from June 17 and June 18, today I’m thinking about why I love teaching Robert Hayden’s “The Ballad of Nat Turner” and “Night, Death, Mississippi” so much. For students of writing, these are two poems that can present…

From the Same Nothing

Meg Shevenock
June 28, 2015
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(part 2 of 2) To do a little dovetail with my last post: what follows is more about animal-human relationships against a backdrop of giant unknowingness. Earlier this month, I read an intensely wonderful article in the current issue of…

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