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Carol Muske Dukes

Reintroducing Myself -- on Fire

MS. Havisham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
MS. Havisham

Look closely, I'm still on fire: a risen phoenix! As my BGF from the 20th, Sylvia Plath wrote: "I rise from the ashes with my red hair/ and I eat men like air."

Singing School: A Chorus

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 07.19.2013 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

Anthologies are intriguing in what they reveal of the editor's passions. Robert Pinsky opens his new poetry anthology (with its long title): SINGING SCHOOL: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters -- with an anecdote about the great saxophonist, Dexter Gordon.

Diving Into the Wreck: Reviewing the Reviewer

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

The Nation's Ange Mlinko attempted recently to revise the reputation of the late poet Adrienne Rich in a wandering gesture at literary analysis. Readers of this review may find it difficult to tell if Mlinko wishes to gingerly embrace Rich -- or kill her off with a Big Thinky Gun.

Memorable Books Of 2011

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.02.2012 | Books
Regina Weinreich

Languishing on a beach chair in my winter outpost by a turquoise sea, I have only books on my mind. Here are a few that have pleased and provoked.

Don't Bank on Banks -- Except for One!

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Carol Muske-Dukes

I would encourage the Occupy movement to adopt a new plank in the platform -- a new bank. De-bank and re-bank! Let's find the "radical" economists and entrepreneurs who can help make the success story of the state bank available to us all.

Scattershot Poetry Reviews -- Three Books

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 10.21.2011 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

I wish I had time to review the list of new books before me -- here are just three.

More Response to Westen's "Story" Theory for Obama

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Carol Muske-Dukes

What is the best and most enlightening and engendering Story that Americans should be listening to right now? Who gets to tell the Story -- and who listens and thus makes it Real, the Real Story?

Thomas Jefferson Hated Dogs and Clergymen

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Carol Muske-Dukes

What Thomas Jefferson's severe lapses in what we might call (as a generic) "Christian" behavior meant was that he was merely human.

Reading, Writing and Random Violence

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Carol Muske-Dukes

It's not difficult to pinpoint students who represent danger -- nearly every professor I know has had an "incident" with a potentially violent student. Here's one war story of my own.

Thanksgiving Book Reviews

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

Here is a Thanksgiving cornucopia of significant new books of poetry -- each one worthy of our attention as it spins out a new and challenging perspective.

"To a Soldier" Poem

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

"To a Soldier" and text as posted on The Chronicle of Higher Education Arts & Academe page. To view this article on that site, click here. To a Soldi...

An Apology for Women's Literature

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

Sisters, let's be honest. We write books. But if you look at the fact that so many more works by men are reviewed in major journals, our "books" are not what the establishment deems noteworthy.

A Necessary Poet

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

W.H. Auden, in his wonderful book of essays, The Dyer's Hand, imagined a "College for Bards", a cheerfully eccentric institution offering a refreshi...

A Sea of Deceit and Capitulation

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

I'm taking a moment to bring you a statement of urgent import from an environmental activist, protector of international ocean wildlife - who is maki...

Soldier to Poet: Naming of Parts (Part III)

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

Let's not fool ourselves: troops firing at the range is a cold rehearsal of killing, firing at paper silhouettes -- flat, faceless representations of unnameable casualties, very many of whom will suffer agonizing deaths or agonizing lives.

OTHER AS ANIMAL: a meditation

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

The catalogue for the haunting "Other as Animal" show at Danese Gallery in New York City (which runs from June 4 through August 6th ) -- offers a quot...

The Accidental Adult and Other Poetry Book Reviews

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

These poetry books are all provocative and beautifully crafted and, in my opinion, worth reading again and again. The themes of loneliness and memory are paramount in all

SOLDIER TO POET: An Exchange

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Muske-Dukes

We cannot get away from the romanticism of war -- indeed, we romanticize it every day, even as we curse the notion. And this war is epic, to be sure. Think back to the first act in this play.

Soldier to Poet (Part II)

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

One generally expects those in position to wage war to avoid it, to make damn sure that outcomes are worth more than the inordinate destruction we have got to expect.

Two Books

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

Two poets -- singing the same song in different keys -- create new maps of poetic consciousness.

Confronting Words: Poetry Reviews

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

The three books reviewed here are by women writers who confront the world in uncompromised fashion.

Two Interviews

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

I didn't know Farrah Fawcett or Joe Jackson, but there is still this insistent sense, as they each described their lives to me, of a wish to be recognized as talented and good, a wish to be taken seriously.

Over Your Dead Body (Last Rights)

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

These mini-DMV's of death are independent of any oversight or quality-of-care boards. Many "local" or county coroners are not even physicians; they are "political" appointments.

HAIR, The Rock Musical: A French Twist

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

Sometime in the summer of 1970, I wandered into the theater district of Paris and managed, by chance, to join a queue of auditioners for a part in the Paris production of HAIR.