Al Filreis

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Toward a diversity of #MOOCs

Every once in a while I get the urge to resist some of the many vast generalizations about what “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) are and can be. Twitter is a place for this counterarguing. Search by #MOOCs and find a combination of profit-minded hucksterism, single-minded higher-ed utopianism, and critics...

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T. de los Reyes’s poetry postcards

Here are two of the many poetry postcards made for us by T. de los Reyes of Manila. T. has been a ModPo regular since 2012 and has served the community brilliantly as a Community TA (CTA) for five years. Click on either image for a larger view.

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Peter Cole’s new book

I was excited and pleased to receive yesterday an advance copy of Peter Cole’s new book, New & Selected Poems & Translations.

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new ModPo video: close reading of James Schuyler’s “Salute”

We at ModPo have now added to the “ModPoPLUS” syllabus an early poem of James Schuyler called “Salute.” Among the new resources is a filmed close reading of the poem, moderated by me, with Emily Harnett, Davy Knittle, and Gabriel Ojeda-Sague. If you are currently enrolled in ModPo you will...

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Nathaniel Mackey visits Kelly Writers House, day 1

Nathaniel Mackey is here as a Kelly Writers House Fellow for several days. Yesterday he joined me and the students in the Kelly Writers House Fellows seminar for an intense three-hour conversation about his work and much else. In the evening he gave a spectacular reading from his work —...

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Is poetry dead?

Perennial silly question. No, is the answer. Someone official (magazine? web site? can’t recall) asked to comment on this and then I posted it to Facebook and FB dutifully reminded me four years later. Here was my response: Click on the image for a larger view.