Author Archive for ekswitaj

Contemporary Poetry

a man murders a murdering man leaves words about the women who wouldn’t love him a poeming man takes the words of a man who murders, conjugates & declines them, videos & transcribes them a vehicle for amity and compassion seeks…

James, you know

an erasure of a conversation between Tony Hoagland and James Franco my mind is Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog. I might be cheating a little ecently, and I read drafts of that book as he was writing it. In fact, the…

Protesting Commencement Speakers

The critiques leveled against students objecting to their institution’s chosen commencement speakers are often dishonest. They appeal, vaguely, to academic freedom and the ideal of a free exchange of ideas. But neither of these ideals is endangered when students object…

Trigger Warnings in Higher Education

Over the weekend, trigger warnings hit the mainstream with a New York Times article about recent calls from university students for trigger warnings on syllabuses. Many of the responses I have seen online assume that such requests are about students wanting…

Sunday Small Stone 66

pennies in the Mason jar bull’s eye green in white, fuzz in red mold in spaghetti sauce _____________________all that’s left Related articles OpenLinkNight – Week 66 (dversepoets.com) What If These TED Talks Were Horribly, Unspeakably Wrong? (theawl.com)