____ 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.
In an act of listening-as-reading, “Speech Talks Back” theorizes about and narrativizes sonic work that uses public speech—recorded speeches, conversations, interviews, and testimonials—as its primary source: Gregory Whitehead’s “As We Know” (2004), Jane Philbrick’s “Common Prayer” (2001), and Steve Reich’s “Come Out” (1966). Placing these unique works side by side, with running commentary, recontextualizes them in light of the present moment.
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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.