“Westward: Three Poems”
This is a short cycle of three poems that meditate on Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Core Curriculum as a whole. The first two poems are interested in the imagination’s encounter with the notion of the sublime. How does the pilgrim construct his/her self in moments of great awe, when they are faced with that Dantean sort of beauty that terrifies more than it astounds? The third poem, “Westward,” interrogates the construction of Lit Hum’s self-styled “Western” Canon. It asks the question: does the same boring, imperialist ideology that inspired Dean Hawkes’ assessment of the 1917 “War Issues” course continue to inform what works are included in the Literature Humanities curriculum today?