Autumn has arrived in Akron, Ohio. It's spitting out there right now, and in the 50s. At least it feels Octoberish. Sweater weather is upon us. I suddenly have the urge to purchase a ton of corduroy. As you'll see from the picture above, this fall is kind of lame in the color department, likely because it was a dry summer.
My Winter Wheat session is finally up. If you're going to WW and interested in the academic job market, check it out. I'll give you tips that the Chronicle of Higher Education won't (not even Ms. Mentor!), and now that I've been on the other side of the table I can offer a lot of new advice.
There's a nice piece about the Jeannine + Mary reading in Fredonia here. We're on page A-11. Many thanks to Elizabeth for writing the article!
I am teaching a Craft & Theory of Poetry class in Fall 08, and I need to think of a focus. I was going to do something pedagogical, but I'm already bored with that idea (which is not a good sign). Nobody seems particularly excited about prose poems, and I'm afraid I'll scare people off if I do experimental poetry as the theme. Sara thinks I should do something more micro in scale. All of my ideas are expansive: writing the Midwest, poetry of place, the body, first books.
We're reading Here, Bullet in my New Poetry class, and I'm surprised how divided the students are in their reactions to the book. It really gets under my skin. I have a hard time liking books after I've taught them sometimes, though. Anyone else have this problem?