Eric Keenaghan

Eric Keenaghan is the author of Queering Cold War Poetry: Ethics of Vulnerability in Cuba and the United States (2009). His other essays on poetry and poetics, ethics, and politics appear in the collected volumes Ronald Johnson: Life and Works (2008), The Other Emerson (2010), Queer Exoticism (2010), and (Re:) Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan (2011), as well as in several academic journals. His poetry has appeared in Eoagh, the ixnay reader, Tool: A Magazine, and other venues. In-progress projects include two poetry collections (Palace Songs and Love Letters to My Husband) as well as a new critical book (Life, Love, and War) theorizing the relationship between poetry and politics through excavations of the midcentury anarchist life-politics and poetic life-writing of Robert Duncan, Muriel Rukeyser, and Kenneth Patchen. Keenaghan’s Jacket2 piece on Rachel Blau DuPlessis is the first of a projected series titled Études, personally critical/critically personal essays reflecting on unrelated past and contemporary poets, fiction writers, activists, philosophers, visual artists, and directors somehow formative to his own writing and thinking. He lives in Hudson, New York, and Manhattan, and teaches at the University at Albany, SUNY.