Joan Retallack is a poet and essayist. Author of The Poethical Wager (University of California Press) and Procedural Elegies / Western Civ Cont’d (Roof Books) among many other volumes of poetry and poetics. The Supposium: Thought Experiments & Poethical Play in Difficult Times is forthcoming from Litmus Press, spring 2018. Retallack’s Bosch Studies: Fables, Moral Tales, and other Awkward Constructions will also come out from Litmus. She isJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor Emerita of Humanities at Bard College.