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The Brilliant Truth, Rukeyser vs. Oprah

Against all sage advice from my colleagues, I’m thinking about proposing a class. I want to call it “True Lies: Untruth in Nonfiction,” a creative writing class that explores the gray area that Elisabeth called attention to in my last … Continue reading

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Synecdoche, Minnesota

My bio on the homepage for “Muriel Rukeyser: A Living Archive” states that I just completed a novel partly inspired by The Book of the Dead, and I wanted to use this post to relate how Rukeyser’s poetry has influenced … Continue reading

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Dear The Objective Correlative,

I admit it: I don’t understand you. But it’s not that I haven’t tried. I Google your name to see what you’re up to these days. At faculty parties I have a few too many Two-Hearteds and then beg my … Continue reading

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Muriel Rukeyser, Zombie Necromancer

I don’t care for this new zombie renaissance. And I don’t mean that like I’m afraid of zombies or something. I just think that 1). it’s a default subject matter for horror writers, 2). all interesting scenarios and subject matters … Continue reading

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Synecdoche, West Virginia

This past spring I was attending a Creative Writing Department meeting here at Eastern Michigan University, and one of my colleagues mentioned a list of literary terms that we’re supposed to make sure all of our Intro students are familiar … Continue reading

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Important Poetry

One good thing about the gym that I go to is that people are always leaving behind old issues of Harper’s and The New Yorker, allowing me to cancel both of my subscriptions in exchange for getting them like a … Continue reading

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Why Muriel Rukeyser? Why a website just for her?

Friends, colleagues, and students have asked me: Why Rukeyser? What’s so special about her? Why create a Muriel Rukeyser website? Why make her the focus of an interdisciplinary online “meeting place”? I’ve been thinking how best to say this and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Searching/Not Searching: Writing the Biography of Muriel Rukeyser”

I just read Kate Daniels’ piece “Searching/Not Searching: Writing the Biography of Muriel Rukeyser” (Poetry East 16-17, Spring/Summer 1985, pp. 70-93). It’s a great essay! One of the most honest essays I have read about Muriel Rukeyser. Daniels reflects upon … Continue reading

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Rukeyser’s indentations

So, I am curious, why are the lines indented the way they are in Rukeyser’s poem “For My Son”? What is the difference between: You come from poets, kings, bankrupts, preachers, attempted bankrupts, builders of cities, salesmen, the great rabbis, … Continue reading

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How to read Rukeyser?

It seems right to begin this blog on the new Rukeyser website by exploring the different ways of reading that Rukeyser’s poetry invites or compels us to engage in. This semester, I am guiding an independent study on Rukeyser with … Continue reading

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