“Printed Evils and Painted Veils,” an essay on Wallace Stevens, Frank Lentricchia, and the ethics of quotation, appeared a few years back The Wallace Stevens Journal. Two more recent essays– “Whitman, Lately” and “‘Shard. Shard. Shard.’: Mary Ann Samyn and the Fractured Meditative Lyric” –appeared in AGNI 72 and AGNI Online, respectively. The former emerges from my current book project, ‘The Final Lilt of Songs’: Late Whitman and the Long American Century.
My article on John Milton’s Nativity Ode– “Milton’s Mary” –was published in spring 2011 in Modern Philology.
In September of 2011, the University of Iowa Press released A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, a collection of over 70 microessays on the line that I edited with Emily Rosko. My portion of the introduction to that volume– “New Minds, New Lines” –traces a broad history of the line in poetry from the romantics to our contemporary moment, and argues that what matters most in poetry are not prescriptive rules for how we form our lines, but the generative and variable ideas of form–the reasons one gives for making and breaking lines–that underlie their conception and invention. More recently, my entries on “Serial Form,” “Hieroglyph,” and “Nativity Poem” appeared in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012).