Associate Professor Emeritus
After four years in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1981-1985, I taught in the English department here at the University of Michigan for 27 years, retiring in 2013. In terms of my formal education, I have preparation in science, course work in English and American literature and music theory, an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics, with a specialty in syntax. Over the course of my career, I have explored various fields of study–science, history, philosophy, languages, linguistics, stylistics, poetry, rhythmics, poetics, and then the lives and work of a series of individual modern American poets, whom I admire and have a close affinity with in terms of interests and sensibility: E.E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and Marianne Moore.