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Tenure Perches in the Soul

I. “Hope” is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune–without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I’ve heard it in the chillest land, And […]

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“It contains us.” Setting Poetry’s Course in Tranströmer

[This piece began as an email between its author and Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik but grew deeper out of a discussion with Errant contributor Eric Sargent.  I have stolen freely from Mr. Sargent.  That’s what he gets for not writing it himself.] Tomas Tranströmer’s “After a Death” seems a poem written to universalize a […]

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Homo Moronus: Institutionalizing Ignorance One Voucher at a Time

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Michael Dirda, book reviewer extraordinaire, opens his essay review on Jenny Uglow’s “The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World” this way: “In the time of the Lunar men science and art were not separated: you could be an inventor and designer, an experimenter and a poet, a dreamer and an entrepreneur all […]

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Refuse Thy Name

Last night on WFHB’s Interchange I hosted a discussion about Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. You can download the podcast here: Interchange […]

Serving the Word

It might have been but a deception of the vapours, but, the longer the stranger was watched, the more singular […]

A Sane Impulse and a Clear Lesson: Charter Schools

Let’s dare to be honest about charter schools. There is no “testable” benefit. Which is to say that testing tells […]

The Privilege of the Engaged

In a recent “rant” about Indiana’s “testing regime” and its instrument of student “achievement” measurement, the I-STEP, posted on the […]

All Over Lost

I am nearly 47. I am very old and extremely ignorant of what has meaning to so many people these […]

To Catch a Noddy

The tops were large, and were railed about with what had once been octagonal net-work, all now in sad disrepair. […]