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Ecopoetry Discussion: Library Literary Discussion Group via Zoom March 27

Denton Public Library - South Branch




CURRENT SERIES OF MEETINGS: Sessions of Professor’s Corner in Spring 2023 will be devoted to ecopoetry, defined as poems about our relationship to nature and the environment.  We’ll be reading selections from The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2020), which consists of American poems from the mid-19th century to the present.  

BACKGROUND ON ECOPOETRY:  You can find a detailed description of our new season theme (ecopoetry) here.  It includes within it a link to front matter included in our anthology (introductory materials).  Reading  that material is recommended but not required for participation in the discussions. 

MATERIAL FOR MARCH 27:  The poems we’ll be discussing are the following (including anthology page numbers):  

  • e. e. cummings, “Me up at does” / anthology p. 58
  • William Carlos Williams, “Spring and All” / p. 33*
  • Marianne Moore, “The Fish” / p. 48*
  • Marianne Moore, “A Grave” / p. 49*
  • Marianne Moore, “The Paper Nautilus” / p. 50*
  • Jean Toomer, “Reapers” / p. 59*
  • Jean Toomer, “November Cotton Flower” / p. 59*
  • Wallace Stevens, “Anecdote of the Jar” / p. 31*
  • Wallace Stevens, “The Snow Man” / p. 31* 

* Also available through a Google search

A PDF containing the poems for this month will only be made available via the DPL’s Professor’s Corner mailing list. 

PROFESSOR’S CORNER MAILING LIST: To get on the Denton Public Library’s Professor’s Corner mailing list, which always provides  scans of the poems to be discussed, please e-mail [email protected]  and ask to be added to the mailing list.  For some months, the scans will only be available via the DPL’s Professor’s Corner mailing list. 

ZOOM INVITE:  It’s only available via the mailing list (see above). 

PURCHASING THE REVISED ANTHOLOGY (recommended but not required):  You can find the relatively inexpensive 2020 edition of the anthology at amazon here; it is also available elsewhere.  The Denton Public Library also has a copy. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF APPRECIATION:   1) This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  2) Professor’s Corner is sponsored by the South Branch Library in Denton, which has supported the program enthusiastically since 1999.  3) The Denton Record Chronicle is providing generous support for the current series of meetings. 4) The TWU Library is providing research support.  5) Our ecopoetry poster was designed by Alex Souris. 

PLEASE NOTE:  1) Programs funded by Humanities Texas, like this one, cannot participate in “political action” or “planning for direct political actions.”   2) And per Humanities Texas: “Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed  [through this program] do not necessarily represent those of Humanities Texas or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”  3) Some of the material encountered through this program may not be appropriate for all audiences.  4) Please keep in mind the fact that we’re using the revised edition of the anthology (2020), not the original edition (2013).  It would be best not to purchase the original edition.  5) Links provided in our communications with you (such as the Zoom invite)  may not work if you have your VPN (Virtual Private Network) activated.  

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  Contact the Professor’s Corner producer and discussion leader,  Dr. Stephen Souris (Professor of English [Ret.], Texas Woman’s Univ.),  at  [email protected]



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