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(Re)Reading Close Reading

This past spring I found myself rereading the introduction to The Literature Workshop by Sheridan Blau. The book describes a “pedagogical awakening” …

What If?

Experiments often begin with “what if” questions. As I compose this post in the fall of 2020 one of the questions emerging …

In Memory

The poet Mary Oliver passed away on January 17, 2019. An honorary member of our association, Oliver published over thirty books of poetry and prose that brought the concerns of ASLE to more readers than any other poet of her generation.

In choice of place

Poem by Gary Snyder, “Rip Rap.” Images by Mark Long, Jiangsu, China, fall 2018

Coming into the Country

Field edges, sloped margins of fish ponds, straight irrigation trenches and tawny checkerboard fields of wheat, little groves of cultivated trees—all stitched with rows of leafy greens, backs of houses and industrial buildings as if set down in the orderly rows of greens that surround them, and out in the fields an electric scooter leaning against a fence and a crouched figure pulling weeds.

A Nice Place to Visit

I’m interested in this description of the practice of writing on a web log as a way of slowing down–of thinking aloud, learning through exploration, making connections, and organizing the activity of the mind at work. 

Open Education and ASLE

The things which are dear to men at this hour are so on account of the ideas which have emerged on their …

The Magic of Monadnock

马克·龙(Mark Long) is going to China. With an invitation in hand to be part of an American delegation to the “Poetry Bridges Continents: …

In Medias Res

“Cut these words and they would bleed; they are vascular and alive.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “Montaigne, or the Skeptic,” Representative Men: …

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