Monday, 13 July 2015

Friday, 1 May 2015

New poem at the Cordite Poetry Review: Special issued edited by John Tranter

New poem at the Cordite Poetry Review in a special ("no-theme) issue edited by the eminent Australian poet John Tranter.

The Swing of Things

1 May 2015

Monday, 6 April 2015

Two New Poems after John Ashbery's "Recent History" and "Mabuse's Afternoon" at the Portland Review

—after John Ashbery
As long as the soft touch of the Pacific bellies up tufts on yonder cliffs
and the Philippine plate rumbles skyward he says he’ll take the family out
of familiar as boarding schools and long commutes
left only tablet time aboard tour buses bounding inland— …

Going through my poems to assemble a chapbook or book, I noticed that "Recent History" is an example of ecologically engaged poetry. I wish I would have submitted it to an eco-journal, though it is precisely the sort of "ecopoetry" they would find "not quite what we're looking for." (7 July 2018)

—after John Ashbery
The city dealt the peninsula a zoo, widening trails for joggers to get sidetracked.
Clouds of arsenic stacked up at the hips of docks, sifted
into furrows leaching into leeks and parsley.
How is this double-talk, following your margin of error
to hold on to a passing scent on congested walks …

links to poems at
Portland Review

Friday, 6 March 2015

Recent publication: Situating a Badiouian Anthropocene in Hagiwara's Postnatural Poetry

Recently published in CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture:
Situating a Badiouian Anthropocene in Hagiwara's Postnatural Poetry
by Dean A. Brink


In his article "Situating a Badiouian Anthropocene in Hagiwara's Postnatural Poetry" Dean A. Brink discusses the ecological dimension of the poetry of one of the founding voices in modern Japanese poetry, Sakutarō Hagiwara (1886-1942). Brink argues that Hagiwara developed a poetics characterized by engagements with nonhuman organisms and actants to situate the materiality of these actants in ways that diffuse the binary of "language" and "nature" and present a postnatural relationality that Bruno Latour describes. Drawing on the recent work of Alain Badiou, Brink explores materialist alternatives to representationalism—including the Lacanian triangle of the imaginary real and symbolic—by emphasizing human-nonhuman relations and Badiouian models of change in reading poetry in the Anthropocene.

It can be downloaded from the CLC Web website here or from my page here (or by clicking the title above).

Thank you for reading it.