If in the blue gloom of early morning,
the sky heavy with portents of snowfall,
the air crisp with the cold that will
gather about us for the long season ahead,
you see the slick blackness of my car
humming in the empty A lot; and if you
see the light of the dash against
my face, and notice my mouth moving
like a sputtering madman’s might,
and if you see me wave a hand
toward my head and pull away
the knit tam I wear close to the skull,
and if you see me rocking, eyes
closed—then do not second guess
yourself—it is true, I… read more about Poem of Day "Dawn" »
after Idra Novey
On a dirt road
On a drive to el campo
You found a batey
I cut the cane
We sucked on a stalk
You gave me your arms
I swam in the river
We locked the door
Then the lights went out
And the radio played
You fingered the pesos
I walked to the beach
We fried the fish
You ate the mango
I jumped in the water
We bought the flowers
Then the migrants came
And you bartered for more
Then the sirens blared
And they were carried away
But we didn’t stop them
Then the ocean swept… read more about Poem of Day "Along the Border" »
Each year, the english department is host to a number of events that invite students to hear from faculty members about their interests or latest research endeavors. Usually, the talks are hosted in more intimate settings: a space on campus or in a faculty member’s home over dinner. But this year, with events now held remotely, the department was tasked with re-thinking ways to engage students on a social and intellectual level. The result? A monthly faculty discussion series held over Zoom where faculty members are able to… read more about English Faculty Discussion Series Builds Intellectual Community Online »
During the Fall 2020 semester, three guests will join Professor Mesha Maren-Hogan’s English 110S “Introduction to Creative Writing” class via Zoom. Author Jaquíra Díaz visited the class on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, as the first guest for the David L. Paletz Writing Guest series.
Jaquíra Díaz is a writer, essayist, journalist, and cultural critic. In October of 2019, her memoir Ordinary Girls was released. Ms. Diaz was born in Puerto Rico but spent most of her formative years in Miami,… read more about Jaquíra Díaz, First Episode of the David L. Paletz Creative Writing Guest Series »
Out of 7,582 tests administered, five students and one faculty/staff tested positive for COVID-19 and were put in isolation. On Friday, President Price announced additional testing and other steps to further protect the safety of athletes participating in five fall sports. read more about COVID-19 Testing Update, Sept. 5-11 »
Yesterday, along a walled track
I came upon a dark-brown brush
just the size of my hand. From
under it poked a narrow snout
which, when it sensed my boot,
pulled back as fast as it could.
I know that rush, that flight.
Real fear, imagined fear, it
makes no never mind. There
is something huddled in us all.
Lola Haskins lives in Gainesville, Fla. She has published 13 collections of poetry, most recently “Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019).
https://www.… read more about Poem of Day "The Hedgehog" »
I am wearing dark glasses inside the house
To match my dark mood.
I have left all the sugar out of the pie.
My rage is a kind of domestic rage.
I learned it from my mother
Who learned it from her mother before her
And so on.
Surely the Greeks had a word for this.
Now surely the Germans do.
The more words a person knows
To describe her private sufferings
The more distantly she can perceive them.
I repeat the names of all the cities I’ve known
And watch an ant drag its crooked shadow home.
What does it mean to love the… read more about Poem of Day "Enough" »
The June sun slants through the stairwell
window, lays a bright bar on the pine floor.
Just turned one, the child sits flat, feet out
in a V, facing away from the stairwell,
into the broad bottom shelf of the big thing
stuck to the wall, full of tall flat things.
She pulls out one, stares at it, drops it carefully
upside down, tugs at another until it gives.
She hoists it in both hands close to her eyes,
puts out her tongue: old cloth, soft paper,
some dust, and under the dust, mystery,
what her mother’s voice pulls out of… read more about Poem of the Day "Augury" »
Outside the room where you have lived a long time
Are other rooms, another building, just like yours.
Each night a ship sails past, wider than the building, taller than the highest church.
And though the passengers would like to visit the city,
No one in the city ever boards the ship. Would you?
Each night this spectacle is seen by you.
The street surveyed,
The air inhaled.
Grapes from the west,
Cinnamon from the east —
If I’ve employed too liberally the passive voice,
Remember it’s the thoughts,
The feelings that… read more about Poem of the Day "This Little Island" »
The Nasher Museum of Art, like all other communities and initiatives at Duke, had to adapt during the pandemic. As Wendy Hower, the Director of Engagement & Marketing at the museum, said: “Everything has changed at the Nasher, and we spent the entire summer responding to COVID-19.”
The digital avenues that are now being explored come at a pivotal point in Duke’s history. We are witnessing an unprecedented transition in museum work, which is indicative of global trends. read more about The Nasher Goes Virtual With New Digital Projects »
Many Duke students find they're so driven to excel on the next test or paper that they neglect to stop and ask what it's all for. A new campus-wide initiative focused on questions of character and purpose will help students explore the meaning of their lives' work. The endeavor is made possible by an $11 million award from The Duke Endowment, a private foundation based in Charlotte, N.C. read more about Duke Reenvisions Student Experience Driven By Purpose With $11M Award »
For Laquan McDonald
I think it’s quails lining the road but it's fallen Birchwood.
What look like white clouds in a grassy basin, sprinklers.
I mistake the woman walking her retriever as a pair of fawns.
Could-be animals. Unexplained weather. Maybe they see us
that way. Knowing better, the closer they get. Not quite ready to let it go.
Archive of "Poem of the Day" read more about Poem of the Day "Driving at Night" »
Duke English's Digital Media Intern for the fall semester is Caroline Petrow-Cohen. Caroline is an English major, Environmental Science & Policy minor, and Policy Journalism and Media Studies certificate candidate. Her previous experience includes writing for NC news outlets including Indy Week and the News & Observer. She’s an exceptional student to have on board for this unusual semester. If you have any ideas for articles or profiles for the fall semester, please feel free to write her directly at caroline.… read more about Fall 2020 Digital Media Intern, Caroline Petrow-Cohen »
Story+ is a 6-week summer program that immerses interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty, and staff in humanities research and public storytelling. Story+ promotes inquiry-based learning and vertically-integrated collaboration through projects that may be driven by archival research, oral history, textual analysis, visual analysis, cultural criticism, or other humanistic research methods. Small teams of undergraduates, supervised by graduate student mentors, collaborate on focused projects that contribute to the broader… read more about Call for Proposals: Project Sponsors Story+ 2021 »
Are you the new person drawn toward me?
To begin with, take warning, I am surely far different from what you suppose;
Do you suppose you will find in me your ideal?
Do you think it so easy to have me become your lover?
Do you think the friendship of me would be unalloy’d satisfaction?
Do you think I am trusty and faithful?
Do you see no further than this façade, this smooth and tolerant manner of me?
Do you suppose yourself advancing on real ground toward a real heroic man?
Have you no thought, O dreamer, that it… read more about Poem of the Day "Are You the New Person Drawn Toward Me" »