Things I’d Like to Write About

If I didn't have two book reviews & a conference paper on my desk, with looming deadlines:
  • California as pop-culture mythos.
  • Verb tenses in Ezra Pound's "The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter" & Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est."
  • Shaping the Iraq narrative in the shadow of Vietnam, Or: We're losing less badly now, so we have to continue the immoral elective war.
  • A note to creative writing students on the use of the dictionary.
  • Crankery & Wankery: 'Expansive Poetry', the New Formalism & the dustbin of (literary) history, with a special note on the vapidity of Dana Gioia's verse.
  • Why the American Right hates American higher education, with special reference to the trolls at the Inside Higher Education website as representatives of yahooism.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

4 thoughts on “Things I’d Like to Write About”

  1. They should look up the damn words in the poems I give them as examples so they can actually talk about them. Even the big words with two syllables like “austere,” which was the proximate cause of my note above.

  2. Topics to write about are really interesting. There is a video by Carole Langer (The Rat Pack) with footage of members of The Rat Pack filing into the Democratic National Convention to sing the National Anthem. Hollywood Mythos Topic.

  3. Oh, Laura, I can just imagine one of your poems on that subject! I’ve always liked the way you take the naturally surreal & give it a further twist. But let me meditate on the Rat Pack singing the national anthem — the image suits my current mood.

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