Macbeth, Macbeth

The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the Porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant shakes with the knowledge of what’s to come.

An unprecedented collaboration between two leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare’s darkest play.

Continue Reading →

The Winnowing Fan

This collection of poems explores various aspects of the relationship between poetry, philosophy, and literary theory. It takes up many topics from Christopher Norris’s earlier work in strikingly innovative ways, and uses a range of complex and challenging verse-forms to offer some uniquely inventive angles of approach. The longer poems are part of his project to revive a literary genre–the philosophical verse-essay–that has had very few serious or sustained practitioners since its eighteenth-century heyday. The poems thus signal a striking new direction in the work of this eminent literary theorist and philosopher.

Continue Reading →

Just Play

Focusing on the work of the Compañía Nacional de Teatro de México, Just Play uses a series of literary episodes — travel narratives, interviews, personal journals, play-writing — to uncover the affective power of theatre as a dynamic form of social justice. Just Play is a playful work (including a short original play) about what theatre can do in post-modern, third-to-first/first-to-third world environments. It is also an effort to encounter issues of entitlement, ex- and in-clusivity, audience, migration, translation, and responsibility. Just Play suggests what exists, and what may still be possible, when theatre attempts to enact cosmopolitan ethics such as inclusivity, hospitality and responsible interdependence.

Continue Reading →

Ceaseless Music

Ceaseless Music combines a series of prose meditations with original poetry in order to create new insights into Wordsworth’s revolutionary autobiographical text The Prelude.

Continue Reading →

_____ Mt.

____ Mt. [blank mount] inhabits and writes through an iconic poem of British Romanticism, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Mont Blanc” (1816).  A work of ecopoetics and creative translation, ____ Mt. [blank mount] harnesses “Mont Blanc” to explore the ecological, aesthetic, philosophical, and technological crossroads of the 21st century, as well as the paths — factual and counterfactual — along which we got here.

Continue Reading →

Character as Form

Most readers today think that characters are individuals. From this perspective, a character’s job is to make sure that there is exactly one of something. Poets of the Renaissance had the opposite idea. They were working with an ancient understanding of character as type. From this perspective, the job of a character is to collect every example of a kind. Out of this understanding, they built an entire literature.

Continue Reading →