Happy ‘pub’ days: Bate, Hummer, Rios, Smith
Four ASU Department of English faculty are ushering in new, inventive work—no small feat in these unprecedented times. Releases include the U.S. edition of a “radical” re-visioning of Wordsworth’s work, a meditation on the body politic, a poetry collection centered on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the newest issue of an international language journal.
Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World (Yale University Press, 2020)
Published in time for the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth, this is the biography of a great poetic genius, a revolutionary who changed the world. Wordsworth rejoiced in the French Revolution and played a central role in the cultural upheaval that we call the Romantic Revolution.
He and his fellow Romantics changed forever the way we think about childhood, the sense of the self, our connection to the natural environment, and the purpose of poetry. But his was also a revolutionary life in the old sense of the word, insofar as his art was of memory, the return of the past, the circling back to childhood and youth. This beautifully written biography is purposefully fragmentary, momentary, and selective, opening up what Wordsworth called "the hiding-places of my power."
Bate is Foundation Professor of environmental humanities with a joint appointment in the Department of English and the Global Futures Laboratory at ASU.
In These States (Jacar Press, 2020)
Each of us has various existences, only a few of them coinciding precisely with the boundaries of our neighborhoods. The poems in this book are haunted by precise and troubling questions: what, exactly is the condition of the body politic, and how does that condition affect us, both in large and small ways, in abstract and concrete symptoms, in dailiness and in eras? What is the relationship, exactly, between the individual citizen—a unique body in its own right, but also a cell, so to speak, in a greater body?
The questions T.R. Hummer raises in these poems have no answers, but they have existential manifestations.
Hummer is professor emeritus of English in creative writing at ASU.
Not Go Away Is My Name (Copper Canyon Press, 2020)
Resistance and persistence collide in Alberto Rios’s sixteenth book, Not Go Away Is My Name, a book about past and present, changing and unchanging, letting go and holding on. The borderline between Mexico and the U.S. looms large, and Ríos sheds light on and challenges our sensory experiences of everyday objects. At the same time, family memories and stories of the Sonoran desert weave throughout as Ríos travels in duality: between places, between times, and between lives. In searching for and treasuring what ought to be remembered, Ríos creates an ode to family life, love and community, and realizes “All I can do is not go away. / Not go away is my name.”
Ríos is Regents Professor of English in creative writing and University Professor of Letters at ASU, where he also holds the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair and directs the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
CALICO Journal 37:1 (2020)
Bryan Smith continues in his post as co-editor of this publication of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, whose latest issue is focused on “exploring the interface of interlanguage (L2) pragmatics and digital spaces.” From Equinox, which hosts the journal:
The CALICO Journal, founded in 1983, moved to Equinox in 2015. CALICO Journal is devoted to the dissemination of information concerning the application of technology to language teaching and language learning. The journal is published online-only, is fully refereed and publishes research articles and studies and software and book reviews. Three issues appear annually and normally one of them is a thematic issue on current discourses and developments in Computer-Assisted Language Learning. CALICO's international editorial board and large group of authors and reviewers reflect its global readership.
Smith is associate professor of English in writing, rhetorics and literacies.