Al Filreis

Teaching consensus through dissensus

In the early 90s I taught my class on the literature and culture of the 1950s.

Coming soon: The American night

I've written a brief review of Alan Wald's new book Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist CrusadeTrinity of Passion is the second of three lin

Not bearded barbarians, per Rexroth

Kenneth Rexroth in the New York Times Book Review in 1961 on the new poets: Denise Levertov was tops, with Robert Creeley a close second, Charles Olson third (oh C.O.Kenneth Rexroth in t

Words as they come to hand

Tony Green of New Zealand makes 3-dimensional word-things.

Nothing inspirational

In Understanding Poetry: An Anthology for College Students, Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1938) dictated the order in whic