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T. R. Hummer’s Mindbook

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   Mindbook: Poetry, Poetics, Poesis

One of the virtues of Blackbird’s online life is its ability to link to an ongoing conversation about the nature of poetry, of narrative, and of criticism that can exist beyond our borders, both literally and figuratively. In the spirit of this challenge to range and explore, we have endorsed, beginning in v8n1, an outside blog.

American poet T. R. Hummer writes (independent of Blackbird) Mindbook: Poetry, Poetics, Poesis. We have issued to Hummer and Mindbook a “Blackbird Featured Blog” logo formally to mark our recommendation. Blackbird’s affiliation with Mindbook is a collegial relationship between two different types of publications with Blackbird’s collective editorial voice and the singular voice of Hummer as a writer, critic, and observer. Though an endorsed affiliate, the blog’s contents will not appear in our archives.

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T. R. Hummer is a native of Mississippi. He earned his BA and MA from the University of Southern Mississippi and the Center for Writers and his PhD in 1980 from the University of Utah. He has served as editor of The Kenyon Review and The Georgia Review, among others, and now teaches at Arizona State University.

His publications include the poetry collections The Angelic Orders (LSU Press, 1982), The Passion of the Right-Angled Man (University of Illinois Press, 1984), Walt Whitman in Hell (LSU Press, 1996), Useless Virtues (LSU Press, 2001), and The Infinity Sessions (LSU Press, 2005). He is also the author of the essay collection The Muse in the Machine: Essays on Poetry and the Anatomy of the Body Politic (University of Georgia Press, 2005).

Among his honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA Fellowship. He played saxophone in the Skinner Brothers Band and the Richmond-based jump blues band Little Ronnie and the Grand Dukes (Young and Evil, Planetary Records, 2001).