Recently, Nate Silver, the statistician who has become famous for the accuracy of his analyses of polling data, has weighed in on the inexorable decline of the humanities, and has found, using “numbers” and “arithmetic,” that “the relative decline of majors like English is modest when accounting for the increased propensity of Americans to go to college.”
“In fact, the number of new degrees in English is fairly similar to what it has been for most of the last 20 years as a share of the college-age population,” Silver said.
Read the article, see the numbers at The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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Michelle Bonczek, Poet’s Billow editor and poetry mentor, is celebrating the release of her new chapbook The Art of the Nipple (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2013), and we are celebrating with her. Pick up a copy if you would like to support and read some great poetry.
Check out the winners of this years national book awards
Young People’s Literature:
William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
(University of Chicago Press)
Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Louise Erdrich, The Round House (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
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We wanted to recognize Robert Evory for his poem “Astronomers” that was just published in The Baltimore Review.
Let’s support the 2012 National Book Award Finalists for Poetry. Find the rest at the National Book Award Website.
David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press)
Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press)
Tim Seibles, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press)
Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Susan Wheeler, Meme (University of Iowa Press)
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The torrent of sports poetry inspired by the London Olympics continues unabated: NPR even hosted Poetry Games, in which listeners voted on a selection of verse with an athletic theme by celebrated poets from various countries. But few people today recall that poetry, just like the 100 meters, was an official Olympic competition from 1912 to 1948. Sadly, the names of the medal winners are not listed on the International Olympic Committee’s rosters. And many of the winning poems in the so-called Pentathlon of the Muses — which had to be “inspired by the idea of sport” — have mysteriously vanished as well, perhaps, as critics have suggested, because of their dubious literary quality.
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