Dissent and Its Discontents in Cold War Poetry

My essay on “Dissent and Its Discontents in Cold War Poetry” has just been published in The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature. Below, I reproduce the introduction and conclusion to the essay: A full history of Cold War poetry would require nothing less than a comprehensive global account of the art form from the […]

“It is not enough” on Kamau Brathwaite’s “Negus”

It was an incredible privilege to speak with Amber Rose Johnson, Huda Fakhreddine, and Al Filreis about Kamau Brathwaite’s “Negus” last November as part of the PoemTalk series. I’m so sorry that Brathwaite is not around to see the recording made public this week. It seems a long time since I visited Penn in November. […]

A tribute to Sean Bonney

With the world’s attention turned to the Covid-19 virus and to the mass sickness and death that it is causing and has the potential to cause, I want to pause briefly to dwell on the singularity of each life and in particular the life of the poet Sean Bonney, who died in November last year. […]

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