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Usha AKella Gives Ghazal Workshops

Details about the ghazal workshop. Please help up promote the upcoming classes and readings. Fetch the Fire: Writing the Ghazal Workshop with Usha Akella via Zoom on February 12, 12:30-2:30pm Eastern time The ghazal—the form architected to express the universal language of Love is one of the East’s more known poetic forms in the West. We will learn about the history, tropes, themes and stylistic intricacies of this couplet-form while learning how to write one—adapting it to contemporary usage without losing the charm of its original spirit and flavor. We will explore the magic of cadence, rhythm and repetition to unify a poem while…

How to Read Macbeth Again and Understand the Horrors of Climate Change

Faced by either individual extinction (death), or collective extinction (climate catastrophe), especially if self-propelled, humans find the idea of complete senselessness almost as terrifying as physical annihilation. In Shakespeare’s immortal lines, and through his tragic protagonist’s unavailing last-minute regret for what he has done out of pride, arrogance, and ambition, we hear the echo of humanity’s lament in the face of extinction, whether individual or collective.

To Write About and From Within the Ineffable, the Unthinkable, the Unimaginable–Can You?

Have we, in some elusive way, been using language as not expression but as count?… ? And fast?

Goodbye, America?

By many accounts, the American Empire is coming to an end. Like all other empires, this one shows predicted and predictable signs of weakening, loosening, maybe imploding. Historians have found their pens energized by drawing comparisons with other empires, most prominently with the most recent and comparable precursor: the British Empire. Here’s historian Niall Ferguson on the subject: “Since 1914, the nation [Britain] had endured war, financial crisis and in 1918-19 a terrible pandemic, the Spanish influenza. The economic landscape was overshadowed by a mountain of debt. . . . A highly unequal society inspired politicians on the left to…