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Hour of the Ox

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By Ian Kennedy In the second installment of our series on nature poetry, we turn to Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello’s Hour of the Ox (2016). Like the first collection we considered, Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Cancio-Bello takes natural themes as a way to foil urban and modern infringement on human life. The volume structures itself on a comparison of two islands: …

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Ross Gay: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

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by Ian Kennedy Continuing with our Poetry Thursdays, over the next few weeks we’ll feature a collection of essays about contemporary and new poetry with a natural theme. As with many Indulgence features, these posts attempt to bring these works into conversation with the social issues that matter today. I’m interested in nature poetry because of the tired truth that …

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Why We Like ‘cat pile’

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by Patricia Taylor First of all, none of us had ever heard of “cat pile.”  Then, our son Ian went out to Seattle to visit U-Dub (University of Washington) to check out the Sociology PhD program (where he is going next Fall) and the guy he stayed with had it.  So, they played. “Cat pile” is a stacking game where …

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Ross Gay: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

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by Ian Kennedy Continuing with our Poetry Thursdays, over the next few weeks we’ll feature a collection of essays about contemporary and new poetry with a natural theme. As with many Indulgence features, these posts attempt to bring these works into conversation with the social issues that matter today. I’m interested in nature poetry because of the tired truth that …

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Pragmatic Idealism and Speculative Fiction

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by Ian Kennedy How do I decide what to do? The world I have now is overwhelming: lots of beauty, lots of joy, but lots of suffering too. That suffering often seems to form itself into problems before me: global warming, racial inequality, drone strikes, rust-belt job losses, neo-imperialist exploitation, substance dependency. Of course these problems don’t have neat boarders …

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It’s not about Beliefs

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By Ian Kennedy  In a Boxing-Day Op-Ed in the New York Times David Paul Kuhn (pictured) made a claim I’ve been hearing a lot lately: contrary to misguided liberal assumptions, it was not bigotry, but economic realities which lifted Trump over Hillary. He’s not completely wrong. The problem is bigger: it wasn’t bigotry that elected the Donald, it was white …

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We Need Your Words

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by Indulgence Editors It is December and it is cold where we are, so we are spending lots of time drinking hot beverages. Not only do they warm our bodies with their liquid, but they warm our fingers so that they can keep typing. If your fingers are similarly warmed, then put them to work and send us what you’ve …

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Listen Your Heart Out

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by Ian Kennedy “The public sphere is constituted in part by what can appear, and the regulation of the sphere of appearance is one way to establish what will count as reality, and what will not. It is also a way of establishing whose lives can be marked as lives and whose deaths will count as deaths.” -Judith Butler, Precarious …

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Coming to terms with the now: our books this and next month

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By Indulgence Editors It’s December now and we are moving on from mourning. We’ve been reading Judith Butler’s Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (Verso 2004) and Adrienne Maree Brown & Walidah Imarisha’s Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (AK Press 2015). Posts forthcoming! In January, we will turn to Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology (John Hopkins University Press 1974, …