Rodney Koeneke is a historian, educator, and poet. He also moonlights as a literary critic. To my mind, he is one of the most adept critics of contemporary experimental poetry and poetics. For example, his paper on Hannah Weiner “and Basic English” (delivered at the 2008 National Poetry Foundation conference on the poetry of the 1970s) continues to leverage my understanding of a writer whose work I otherwise feel closest to. He does not play the professional literary-critical circuit. But he is a regular contributor to the annual “Attention Span” summation of going concerns among interested readers of poetry and poetics. And his list for 2012 includes an entry on Bill Luoma’s Some Math that articulates both the importance and enjoyment of that book that first struck me upon encountering the manuscript some several years ago. “I forgot you could have fun like this with poetry anymore…”; “structure, naming its name at the moments we think we’re most random and free”!
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