Commentaries - December 2016

On close reading and pronouns

Rachel Blau DuPlessis

During an hourlong debate/discussion on Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall,” Rachel Blau DuPlessis spoke about close reading and pronouns. This video clip is six minutes long.

With 'scrapefeed,' you can turn a page of mp3s into a podcast feed

Steve McLaughlin has now given us “scrapefeed.” Enter a PennSound URL and it will take the mp3s on that page and turn them into a podcast feed:

Just Out: 'The Blood of the Stone' by Marcela Delpastre

Translated from the Occitan by Nicole Peyrafitte & Pierre Joris

 Order from mindmade books.


On ‘Highway 61 Revisited’

A discussion led by Patrick Bredehoft and Al Filreis

A video recording is now available of a one-hour discussion of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited. The conversation took place at the Kelly Writers House on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

From 'Technicians of the Sacred, Expanded': 'The Shaman of the Yellowknives, A Chipewyan Talk-Poem' (by François Mandeville)



There was a man called Sinew Water.


     He was a shaman.

     This is what they say.


     He dreamed about what was good