Reading of “Volcanoes/Organics” and Other Poems

On September 18, 2018, I read some poems with Julie Suarez-Hayes at SUNY Oneonta  in Oneonta, NY for the Red Dragon Reading Series. I read “Volcanoes/Organics” and “Nothingness Introduced into the Heart of the Image,” from The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015), and “Fallout: New Vegas” and “An Open Letter to Narcissus: The Magazine by Narcissists, for Narcissists,” from The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017). I concluded with a couple poems from a new project, which I have omitted from the recording. Roger W. Hecht provided a wonderful introduction. Thanks to Ruth Carr for the recording, and to George Hovis and Bob Bensen for inviting me to read.

Here is a link to the audio.

And a clip of “Volcanoes/Organics”:


August and September Readings in Oneonta

I’ll be giving two readings in Oneonta this fall. The first is later today at the City of the Hills Arts and Music Festival Big Read-In. The event is sponsored by the Community Arts Network of Oneonta, and I’ll be reading at Capresso Coffee Bar and Cuisine on August 4 at 1:00 pm. The event goes from 12:00 – 3:30 pm, with Carol Ohmart Behan, Racheal Fest, April Ford, Betty Fraley, and Andrew Reinbach also reading, followed by an open mic.

I will also be reading as part of SUNY Oneonta’s Red Dragon Reading Series on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the CME Great Room with Julie Suarez-Hayes.

June 2018 Links

Nuclear and Environmental

Joshua Miller, “Ed Markey’s Career-Long Fight against Nuclear Weapons.”

Donald J. Trump’s letter to Kim Jong-un.

Avery Anapol, “Lindsey Graham: War with North Korea Would Be ‘Worth It’ in the Long Run.”

Anton Troianovski, “Putin Claims Russia Is Developing Nuclear Arms Capable of Avoiding Missile Defenses.”

Kim Stanley Robinson, “Empty Half the Earth of Its Humans. It’s the Only Way to Save the Planet.”

Ursula K. Heise, “Climate Stories” and Kate Marshall, “The Readers of the Future Have Become Shitty Literary Critics,” reviews of The Great Derangement, by Amitav Ghosh.

Kate Aronoff, “Denial by a Different Name.”

Chris Mooney, “One of the Most Worrisome Predictions about Climate Change May Be Coming True.”

Arthur Neslen, “‘Extreme’ Fossil Fuel Investments Have Surged under Donald Trump.”

Trevor Nace, “Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder of Our Massive Plastic Problem.”

Michael Hardy, “The Hellish E-Waste Graveyards Where Computers Are Mined for Metal.”

Jason Samenow, “Arctic Temperatures Soar 45 Degrees above Normal, Flooded by Extremely Mild Air on All Sides.”

Nathalie Baptiste, “This Is What a West without Water Will Look Like.”

Mariko Nagai, Irradiated Cities.

Nadja Sayej, “Artists on Climate Change: The Exhibition Tackling a Global Crisis.”

And Jeffrey Moro, “Weird Ways of Seeing: Patrick Nagatani’s Nuclear Vision.”


Politics and Economics

Sinan Antoon, “Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country.”

E. J. Montini, “The Feds Lost–Yes, Lost–1,475 Migrant Children.”

Sam Levin, “Black Activist Jailed for His Facebook Posts Speaks Out about Secret FBI Surveillance.”

Stephen Marche, “The Distortion.”

Caleb Crain, “Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?”

Adam Serwer, “There Is Only One Trump Scandal.”

Rebecca Solnit, “The Coup Has Already Happened” and “Whose Story (and Country) Is This?”

Will Bunch, “The Week Trump Went Full Dictator and No One Tried to Stop Him.”

Masha Gessen, “How Michelle Wolf Blasted Open the Fictions of Journalism in the Age of Trump.”

Bryce Covert, “A New Deal for Day Care.” (Please and soon.)

And Teddy Wayne, “More Appropriate White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Jokes for 2019.”


#MeToo | Time’s Up

Maggie Doherty, Sharon Marcus, Whitney N. Laster Pirtle, Alice Dreger, Ellen Weinstein, Patricia McGuire, Nada Marie Anid, Anne McClintock, Carmen Twillie Ambar, Sandra Dionisi, Wai Chee Dimock, Mary Beth Norton, Keisha N. Blain, Holly Case, Joyce Hesselberth, Martha S. Jones, Claire Bond Potter, Billie Dziech, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Martha Rich, Nannerl O. Keohane, Shahidha Bari, Alyson Brickey, Clayton Spencer, Sharmila Sen and Shahzia Sikander, Ru Freeman, Larissa M. Mercado-López, Mariko Silver, Yuko Shimizu, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, and Jessica Burstein, The Awakening: Women and Power in the Academy.

Nora Caplan-Bricker, “Leaving Herland.”

Bonnie Honig, “‘Entirely Consensual’? Stormy Daniels’s #MeToo Moment.”

And Abby Wambach, commencement speech at Barnard College.



Frank Pasquale, “Tech Platforms and the Knowledge Problem.”

Kenyon Farrow, “Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Grindr: Frank Pasquale Talks About Big Data and HIV Disclosure.”

David Golumbia and Chris Gilliard, “There Are No Guardrails on Our Privacy Dystopia.”

David Golumbia, “Zealots of the Blockchain.”

Sarah Miller and Matt Stoller, “Facebook Can’t Be Fixed, It Needs to Be Broken Up.”

Campbell Robertson, “A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.”

Robert Foyle Hunwick, “How Do You Control 1.4 Billion People?”

“Jane Austen Used Pins to Edit Her Manuscripts: Before the Word Processor and White-Out.”

“The Entire Archives of Radical Philosophy Go Online.”

James Toth, “Perfect Sound for a Little Longer: In Defense of the CD .”

Trapped by Desert (an archive of Tucson’s music scene).

And Max Darrow, “Casa Video Continues to Stand the Test of Time.”



U. I. Uggerhøj, R. E. Mikkelsen, and J. Faye, “The Young Center of the Earth.”

David Graeber and David Wengrow, “How to Change the Course of Human History.”

S. G. Belknap, “The Tragic Diet.”

Edward J. Steele, et al., “Cause of Cambrian Explosion: Terrestrial or Cosmic?”

And Mary Halton, “Recycling Hope for Plastic-Hungry Enzyme.”


Theory and Criticism

Amy J. Elias, “The Voices of Hayden White.”

James Livingston, “Narrating Hayden White.”

Ethan Kleinberg, Joan Wallach Scott, and Gary Wilder, “Theses on Theory and History.”

Lucy Ives, “After the Afterlife of Theory.”

Róbert Nárai, “The Destruction of History.”

Sean McCann, “The Soul of Man Under Neoliberalism: Walter Benn Michaels and the Salvation of Modernist Art.”

Bruce Robbins, “Precarity or Inequality,” “Emancipation from the Burden of History: On Hayden White 1928-2018,” “The Long Goodbye: Perry Anderson’s Realism,” and “Thank You for Your Service.”

Alexander Bove, Nathan K. Hensley, and Racheal Fest, “Collations: Book Forum on Bruce Robbins’s The Beneficiary.”

Paul Bové, “A Close Reading of Benjamin’s Notes on History.”

Donald E. Pease, “The Uncanny as a Way of Being in Toni Morrison’s Home.”

Maria Dimitrova, “A Jar, a Blouse, a Letter.”

Audrey Watters, “Invisible Labor and Digital Utopias.”

Judith Butler, “The Criminalization of Knowledge.”

Corbin Hiday, “Formalization and its Futures,” review of Speculative Formalism: Literature, Theory, and the Critical Present, by Tom Eyers.

Anna Kornbluh, Julia Ng, Jaleh Mansoor, Tom Eyers, Audrey Wasser, and Brian McGrath, symposium on Speculative Formalism, by Tom Eyers.

Daniel Villegas Vélez, review of Sound, an Acoulogical Treatise, by Michel Chion.

Alexander R. Galloway, “21 Paragraphs on Badiou.”

Will Luers, “Getting Lost in Narrative Virtuality.”

Jonathon Sturgeon, “Literature Shrugged.”


Literature and Culture

Racheal Fest, Westworld‘s New Romantics.”

Noah Yoo, “Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize.”

Andy Battaglia, “Every and All: Fred Moten’s Oneness as a Poet, Theorist, and Artistic Muse.”

Jeffrey J. Williams, “Terrance Hayes on Shakespeare, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and What Makes a Good MFA.”

Ilana Masad, “‘But I Prefer to Answer Zero Questions about It’: An Interview with Terrance Hayes.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye.”

Corey Townsend, “All Hail #Beychella: Beyoncé Makes History at Coachella.”

Aaron Bady, “Post-Shawarma: On Avengers: Infinity War.”

Gerry Canavan, “For the Purposes of Education as Well as Recreation: Historical Notes on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale (Special Edition).'”

Ralph Clare, “Why Kathy Acker Now?”

Adrienne Brown, “New Formation: Janelle Monáe’s Radical Emotion Pictures.”

David Naimon, “Ursula K. Le Guin, Editing to the End.”

Sandra Simonds, “Running into Capitalism: John Ashbery’s Girls on the Run.”

Hannah Jakobsen, “We Can Learn Things When We’re Out There: A Conversation with William T. Vollmann.”

Simon Reynolds, “Why Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children Is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of the ’90s.”

Eric Bennett, “How Iowa Flattened Literature.”

Evan Kindley, “The Insanity Defense.”

Stephanie Burt, “The Iceman Cometh Out.”

Ian Faith, “Technology Worship, Media Archaeology, and Zombie Media in Horizon Zero Dawn.”

Bradley Babendir and Tobias Carroll, “Does Any Book Really Need to Be 1600 Pages Long?” 

Owen Hulatt, “Against Popular Culture.”

Clare Hayes-Brady, “Belatedness: Reading David Foster Wallace in 2018.”

Marshall Boswell, “The Wallace Effect.”

David Hering, “Thinking about David Foster Wallace, Misogyny, and Scholarship.”

Sam Lipsyte, “Philip Roth’s ‘Toxic Masculinity.'”

Michael Ian Black, “The Boys Are Not All Right.”

Monique Laban, “Why Sherman Alexie’s Sexual Misconduct Feels Like a Betrayal.”

Karen Attiah, “It’s Time to Cancel the NFL and Its Plantation-Style Politics.”

Spencer Ackerman, “How a Podcast Came to Lead the Mutant Resistance.”

Matthew Gault, “‘One Hour, One Life’: This Game Broke My Heart and Restored My Faith in Humanity.”

Daniel Oberhaus, “Do NOT Print This PDF Under Any Circumstances.”

Andrew Wells, “Waiting for Goals / [To Be Chanted].”

Stephen Markley, “LeBron James and the Infinite Melancholy.”

Geoff Peck, “Your Father Devouring His Short Stack.”

Salvatore Pane, Make a Connection with Me, Please.

David James Keaton, “No Escape from Planet Alcatraz.”

Mike Good, review of Set Music to a Wildfire, by Ruth Awad.

Alexander Provan, Measuring Device with Organs.

Fred Shaw, review of What’s Hanging on the Hush, by Lauren Russell.


Humanities and Higher Education

Eric Hayot, “The Sky Is Falling.”

Lee Vinsel, “Design Thinking Is a Boondoggle.”

John Warner, “Volunteer Faculty: The Death Knell for Public Higher Ed.”

Ron Srigley, “Whose University Is It Anyway?”

Sean Illing, “A Stanford Psychologist on the Art of Avoiding Assholes.”

Derek Newton, “It’s Not Liberal Arts and Literature Majors Who Are Most Underemployed.”

Sheila Liming, “How Textbook Rentals Undercut Students.”

Frank Bruni, “Aristotle’s Wrongful Death.”

Kristina Mitchell, “Student Evaluations Can’t Be Used to Assess Professors.”

John W. Lawrence, “Student Evaluations of Teaching are Not Valid.”

Samuel Cohen, “Scholarly Publishing’s Last Stand.”

Lisi Schoenbach, “Enough with the Crisis Talk!”

Dan DiMaggio and Jonah Furman, “Get Ready for the Coming Wave of Teacher Strikes.”

Sarah Jaffe, “A True Labor of Love.”

Peter J. Kalliney, “We Reversed Our Declining English Enrollments. Here’s How.”

Mark Bauerlein, “Is This the Hardest Course in the Humanities?”

Dan Nemser and Brian Whitener, “The Tuition Limit and the Coming Crisis of Higher Education.”

Amy X. Wang, “[The University of Arizona] Is Tracking Students’ Locations to Predict Future Dropouts.”

Lenora Hanson and David Palumbo-Liu, “Why We Resigned from the MLA Executive Council Statement of Resignation.”

Katie Fitzpatrick, “Not Here to Make Friends.”

Valerie Strauss, “The Surprising Thing Google Learned about Its Employees — and What It Means for Today’s Students.”

And Sheila Liming, “Oh, the Shit You’ll Do after You’re Tenured!”


Hartwick College

“Hartwick College Announces 2018 Anna Sonder Poetry Prize Winners.”

Michael Randazzo, “Broken Trust: Hartwick College Eliminates Women’s Water Polo.”



Clint Hendler, “Two Socialists in Pennsylvania Just Won Victories Democrats Can’t Ignore.”

Reading of “Symphony of the Great Transnational”

Last night I was the featured writer at the monthly Writers’ Salon at the Center for the Arts Network of Oneonta in Oneonta, New York. Among other poems, I read “Symphony of the Great Transnational,” a long poem from my first book, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015). Here is a link to the recording; a slightly different version of the poem was originally published in Spork in 2007.

“Reading Now and Again” in CounterText

Publication CoverMy essay, “Reading Now and Again: Hyperarchivalism and Democracy in Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller’s Thinking Literature across Continents,” has been published in CounterText: A Journal for the Study of the Post-Literary in the the second of two special issues devoted to Ghosh and Miller’s book. The first issue is available here, and the second has an interview with Miller available from behind the paywall. I’ve included an abstract of my essay below, along with a table of contents.

Abstract:  This review essay approaches Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller’s Thinking Literature across Continents (Duke UP, 2016) from a set of questions about what it means to read in the age of hyperarchival accumulation. Written against the background of events in the United States and elsewhere during the fall of 2017, the essay tracks and assesses Ghosh and Miller’s differing methods for approaching literary study in the twenty-first century: undiscriminating catholicity and rhetorical reading, respectively. Through emblematic readings of David Foster Wallace’s novel The Pale King (2011), the videogame Katamari Damacy (2004), and Amy Hungerford’s Making Literature Now (2016), this essay argues that Thinking Literature across Continents self-reflexively models and performs the interested, situated reading practices necessary for continuing the never-ending project of encountering, sharing, accounting for, learning from, and contending with others and their divergent readings, practices that, though many may have lost sight of them today, are fundamental to the project of democracy itself.

“Thinking Literature Across . . . II,” special issue, CounterText, table of contents:

Ivan Callus and James Corby, “Editorial.”

J. Hillis Miller, Ivan Callus, and James Corby, “The CounterText Interview: J. Hillis Miller.”

Bradley J. Fest, “Reading Now and Again: Hyperarchivalism and Democracy in Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller’s Thinking Literature across Continents.”

Simona Sawhney, “Boatmen, Wastrels, and Demons: Figures of Literature.”

Jakob Lothe, “The Author’s Ethical Responsibility and the Ethics of Reading.”

Jonathan Locke Hart, “Ideas of Poetics and the Close Reading of Poetry.”

Shaobo Xie, “Does Literature Matter Today? Thoughts of the Outside.”

Kirk Kenny and James Corby, “Screens of Fortune: A Photo-Essay.”

Timothy Mathews, “The Many Hands of Thick Time: William Kentridge at the Whitechapel Gallery.”