Joy, Fordham Alumnus, Publishes Poetry Collection

Chuck Joy graduated from Fordham College at Rose Hill in 1973 with a degree in sociology. Today, he is a child psychiatrist with a passion for poetry living in Erie, Pennsylvania. His newest publication is Said the Growling Dog, a collection of new and selected poems from Nirala Publications (New Delhi, India).

The poems featured in Said the Growling Dog transport the reader from Erie and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the White House, Monument Valley, and of course, the Bronx. Joy's experience at Fordham College has inspired more than setting. "A Piece Of His Heart," which is featured in his recent collection, "recalls an exact moment and life after college."

Said the Growling Dog is Joy's fourth published collection of poetry. Every Tiger Wants To Sing (Poets' Hall Press, Erie PA) and is a chapbook and All Smooth (Destitute Press, Buffalo NY) is a chapbook. In addition to writing poetry, Joy also produces theatrical literary events, has read and published his poetry both in the United States and abroad.

Maria Farland on Emily Dickinson and Rural Progress

On September 10, the Fordham University English Department hosted its seventh inaugural lecture, featuring Professor Maria Farland.  Students, faculty, and friends of the department filled the O’Hare Special Collections room in Walsh library to hear Farland’s discussion of Emily Dickinson’s rural poetry, entitled “Invisible Architecture: Plants and Rural Progress in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry.” 

By foregrounding Dickinson’s interest in rural culture, Farland reverses a long trend of what she calls “metro-normative” Dickinson scholarship.  Farland’s talk blends archival research with new formalist readings of Dickinson’s poetry, showing that subtle breaks in Dickinson’s poems register the dislocation of the rural life her family fiercely advocated.  Culling examples from seven Dickinson poems, family correspondences, newspaper articles, and scientific diagrams from the period, Farland convincingly portrays the poet as “immersed in agendas of rural progress.”

Following Farland’s lecture, attendees enjoyed a lively Q&A and gala reception.

The English Department’s annual inaugural lectures spotlight the research of faculty members and has previously featured speakers including Frank Boyle, Lenny Cassuto, Mary Erler, Chris GoGwilt, Connie Hassett, and Larry Kramer.  These lectures have represented a range of periods and areas of study, from Medieval literature to contemporary study of the university.  

The Poets are In

On April 20, Professor Beth Frost's Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction class met outside the entrance of Fordham College at Lincoln Center and offered poems written on the spot to anyone who was interested. While no price was put on the poems given out, the class accepted donations with the proceeds going to The Doe Fund, a New York City charity organization that provides work and education to thousands of young homeless people.

Liza Tolkin, FCLC ’13, who is part of the class, said, “We will ask people what they want their poem to be about and then ask them to come back in five minutes to get it.”

“It was entirely spontaneous,” Professor Frost said, regarding the initiative. “We really liked the idea of having a pamphlet art project that would involve the input of what we covered in class.  We have been working in a very short form because the class covers so much. There is something about the brevity and spontaneity of what everyone is working on writing in class, that seems to lend itself to composing on the spot.” 

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Fri 12/7: Bruce Andrews, A Symposium & Reading

A panel of prominent critics and poets will present papers on Andrews’ work, moderated by Charles Bernstein. Following a reception, Andrews will read from his work. 

Fordham Political Science professor Bruce Andrews, author of over thirty volumes of poetry, is a founding co-editor of the legendary journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, which catalyzed the poetry world in the 1970s and 1980s. Publishers Weekly writes that Andrews’ I Don't Have Any Paper, So Shut Up (or, Social Romanticism) “is a major poetic text of the late 20th century” and called this book-length poem “spellbinding.” With: Charles Bernstein Michael Golston Peter Nicholls Bob Perelman Paul Stephens Laura Hinton.  

This event was rescheduled from 11/2, due to Superstorm Sandy.

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Kramer's Annotated Edition of Hart Crane's "The Bridge" is Published

"Hart Crane's The Bridge is generally agreed to be one of the great long poems of the early twentieth-century, but its obscure allusions and habitual double entendres have made it a difficult poem to digest. Lawrence Kramer’s excellent annotated edition, produced with the help of a devoted group of graduate students, thus fills what is a real lacuna. Not only are Kramer’s annotations deeply learned and precise; they also display great tact and common sense, refusing to overwhelm us with data or tangential matter. No student of Hart Crane—indeed no lover of Modernist poetry—will want to be without this necessary edition of The Bridge."

—Marjorie Perloff, Professor Emerita, Stanford University