Last year I wrote a "best of 2009" post for Arcade.  This year I want to do something different.  I want to share someone else's list.  Part of it, anyway.


I've spent the last three days in bed thanks to whatever seasonal bug is felling professors at the University of Washington.  I am falling further and further behind on my to-do list.  I have, however, been able to read a little.


It snowed yesterday in Seattle.  The locals acted like it was the Second Coming.  I received an avalanche of identical Facebook status updates ("It's snowing!") and the news shows went into wall-to-wall breathless-coverage mode.


This summer I decided to stop trimming my beard short and see what it would look like longer and fuller. Like many resolutions made during vacation, this one had questionable merit. I look like me, plus an angry squirrel hanging off my jaw.


What does it take before Wikipedia decides to delete someone?


Over cocktails a few nights ago, a colleague commented wistfully that she hadn't read a single scholarly book in a specialty other than her own since she entered graduate school in 1995.  


I've returned from Poland.  It will take me a while to process the amazing things I've seen, from the Baltic to the Black Madonna of Czestochowa.  For now, I thought I'd just rave a little bit more about Anna Akhmatova.


Here at the University of Washington, our over-long academic year is finally ending, and I am eager to be gone.  Quick as I can, I'll be at a spa near Poznań in Poland, first stop on a East European vacation.  I thought I'd post a poem about departures:  Anna Akhmatova's "Pesnia poslednei vstrechi" (Song of the Last Meeting).


Now that I've had an e-book reader for a few months, I wanted to post a few words in praise of the technology.  It has made my inner miser chuckle and glow in delight.


I've just finished reading 520 applications to my English department's MA/PhD program (my reward for saying yes to the job of Director of Graduate Studies).  That's a lot of raw data about the current state of my discipline.  Here's what I've learned.


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Brian Reed
Professor of English
Brian Reed is Chair of English and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cinema, and Media at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of three books--Hart Crane: After His Lights (2006), Phenomenal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics (2012), and Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics (2013)--and the co-editor of two essay collections, Situating El Lissitzky: Vitebsk, Berlin, Moscow (2003) and Modern American Poetry: Points of Access (2013). A new book, A Mine of Intersections: Writing the History of Contemporary American Poetry, is forthcoming in 2016.


Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics
Cornell University Press | 2013
Phenomenal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics
University of Alabama Press | 2012
Hart Crane: After His Lights
University of Alabama Press | 2006

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Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics