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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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UPDATE! Coming Up on Interchange: “Later also headache”

The title of this post comes from Naomi Baron’s Words Onscreen which will serve as the basis of an upcoming […]

Salt of the Earth

One of the benefits of living in Bloomington is that the University has built a superb, state of the art, […]

Psychic Distress in Education

The sheer JOY of talking about something you love described by Donald Hall (and called “teaching”) in the essay “Coffee […]

Reading For Clams

Reading For Clams

I like to read and write and talk about reading and writing. Anyone who knows me knows this already, duh. […]

What Else Was There?

From Donald Hall’s Essays After Eighty, “A Yeti in the District.” The next day I got back to writing. What […]

Proving the Need to Resist Government by Shadows

Last night on Interchange I talked with Scott Horton of Harper’s Magazine about government secrecy–more specifically the secrecy of “dark […]