Category Archives: Egypt

Muriel Rukeyser, journalist

August 21, 2013 Today, as Bradley Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents,  I think about all the trials that shadowed American literature: Sacco and Vanzetti, the Scottsboro Case, and, probably not so well-known, the … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass, H.D.: Egypt Again

Janurary 2, 2013 She never mentioned him and probably never read him.  Still, he anticipated her. Visiting Egypt in 1887, Douglass wrote: “I do not know of what color and features the ancient Egyptians were, but the great mass of … Continue reading

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Muriel Rukeyser, Wallace Stevens: Books of the Dead

December 26, 1012 There’s a picture of the two of them – Stevens standing at the back, and Rukeyser seated in front with Marianne Moore.   To the left of him from where they were, and to the left of … Continue reading

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Ishmael Reed, Grateful Dead: Egypt

November 28, 2012 Ishmael Reed gets away with it. He is “a Cowboy in the Boat of Ra,” he says in the poem of that title.  And he gets to do thisbecause Sonny Rollins has already set an example: Sonny … Continue reading

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Two-Way Street

January 18, 2012 Alex Steele never took a class from me.    I don’t think I’d ever seen her around the department.  But my colleague, Richard Deming, who was going to direct her senior essay, is away on a Fellowship … Continue reading

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Margaret Fuller, H.D., Joanne Kyger

December 7, 2011 Why is it that all of them reach back to ancient Greece, and not always out of any reverence for the classics?   Of the three, Margaret Fuller is the most law-abiding: in Woman in the Nineteenth Century, … Continue reading

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