Happy ‘pub’ days: Bebout, Bjork, Dubie, Hummer
Four Department of English faculty members present innovative new work in various fields and formats: a journal special issue on politics and race; an edited volume of medieval and Renaissance conference papers; a style-bending poetry collection; and a chapbook of “dark” poetry.
Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 3:2 (Spring 2019)
Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures is a peer-reviewed humanities journal that provides a critical as well as creative space for Latina/o scholarship and cultural expression. Conceived as a venue for fiction, poetry, art, and criticism, Chiricú Journal highlights transnational flows of language and culture in the Americas, and accepts submissions in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Published in the fall and spring, each issue features peer-reviewed academic articles, critical essays, scholarly reviews of books and films, and creative works, including prose fiction, poetry, and visual arts.
Bebout is professor of English in literature at ASU. He is the author of Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies and Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the U.S. Racial Imagination in Brown and White.
Catastrophes and the Apocalyptic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Brepols, 2019)
This collection of essays treats the topic of catastrophes and their connection to apocalyptic mentalities and rhetoric in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, both in Europe and in the Muslim world.
In the twenty-first century, insurance companies still refer to ‘acts of God’ for any accident or event not influenced by human beings: hurricanes, floods, hail, tsunamis, wildfires, earthquakes, tornados, lightning strikes, even falling trees. The remote origin of this concept can be traced to the Hebrew Bible. During the Second Temple period of Judaism a new literary form developed called ‘apocalyptic’ as a mediated revelation of heavenly secrets to a human sage concerning messages that could be cosmological, speculative, historical, teleological, or moral. The best-known development of this type of literature, however, came to fruition in the New Testament and is, of course, the Book of Revelation, attributed to the apostle John, and which figures prominently in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
This collection of essays, the result of the 2014 ACMRS Conference, treats the topic of catastrophes and their connection to apocalyptic mentalities and rhetoric in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (with particular reference to reception of the Book of Revelation), both in Europe and in the Muslim world. The twelve authors contributing to this volume use terms that are simultaneously helpful and ambiguous for a whole range of phenomena and appraisal.
Bjork is Foundation Professor of English in literature at ASU. His primary research areas are Old English poetry, modern Swedish literature, and biomedical writing; he has published 17 books and 27 peer-reviewed articles.
Robert Schumann Is Mad Again (Copper Canyon Press, 2019)
In his newest collection, Robert Schumann is Mad Again, Norman Dubie explores human suffering in a narrative unlimited by time and space. From the fields of a fallen Jerusalem, to the sci-fi prison of the Ukraine’s Crater Lviv, Dubie has crafted a kaleidoscope of reserved places and experiences throughout history. His ekphrastic work, a continual expansion of a legacy seeking to test “the limits of the lyric,” spirals across the boundaries of nonfiction and the surreal, the artistic and the scientific. Norman Dubie reconciles the violence of cobbled streets and abandoned houses with the mysterious hum of the arts, “singing to nearly/ everyone who will listen.” This collection pays homage to the voices of classic writers, artists, and scientists, where the likes of Francisco Goya, Paolo Uccello, and the collection’s namesake evaluate this unnerving world, suspended in balanced chaos. Simultaneously solemn and experimental, Dubie’s latest poems embrace his anxieties of aging and death, capturing a haunting sense of wonder that lingers like a cold touch and draws compassion for humanity’s future.
Dubie is Regents’ Professor of English in creative writing at ASU. In addition to winning the Griffin Poetry Prize for his last collection, The Quotations of Bone, other honors include the Bess Hokin Prize from the Poetry Foundation and the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry.
Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 5 (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2019)
Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 5 collects three chapbooks in a single volume: Sarah Rebecca Warren’s Price of Admission, Derrick Weston Brown’s On All Fronts, and T.R. Hummer’s Dark Meter.
This is the fifth volume in the Floodgate Poetry Series, edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum. Chapbooks—short books under 40 pages—arose when printed books became affordable in the 16th century. The series is in the tradition of 18th and 19th-century British and American literary annuals, and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s.
Hummer is professor emeritus of English in creative writing at ASU. His most recent books of poetry are After the Afterlife and three linked volumes: Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon.