Ange Mlinko is poetry editor of The Nation. The recipient of the Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism from the Poetry Foundation, she teaches in the creative writing program of the University of Houston. Her most recent book of poems is Marvelous Things Overheard.
In the history of reading, does progress hinge on the weird, obsolete or eccentric among us?
The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a reserve set aside for thinking about the categorical inferiority of destruction to creation.
Is bilingualism a sign of vitality, or the gradual takeover of one language by another?
The poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke fuses lament and praise, and mingles amazement about sheer existence with mystery and terror.
In an information economy, tiny asymmetries in language comprehension translate into vast profits--and large-scale collapses.
Conlangs often succeed only in stripping language of its surprise.
Why do Frederick Seidel's champions consistently transform his weaknesses into virtues?
Is the history of English really the history of adult learners of a second language?
Instead of offering healing or empowerment, the poetry of Jennifer Moxley explores vulnerability and "wrong life."
Would a master thesaurus contain the history of human perception?