I am grateful to be devoting my threescore years and ten to the study of classical philology, the practice of aesthetic criticism, and, above all, the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry (ancient Greek, classical Latin, and modern English). As a scholar, my primary preoccupation is with influence, particularly as manifested in Augustan poetry. As a critic in the Paterian mold, my aim is to seek out and to render appreciations of the literature which most and best yields the fruit of a quickened and multiplied consciousness. And as a lover of poetry, my hope is to empower the imagination to improve reality.
Before tending inland and toward the Western sea, I studied Classics at Yale (where I wrote my senior essay on the influence of Ovid's Metamorphoses upon James Joyce's Ulysses) and taught Latin on Nantucket. Since coming to Berkeley, I have not only pursued my old interest in Ovid and Joyce (whose Fasti and Finnegans Wake feature in a forthcoming book chapter) but also developed a new interest in their lyric contemporaries Horace and Wallace Stevens (whose Ars Poetica and "Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction" are joined in a forthcoming Arion article). In addition to a dissertation on the sublime affinities of the latter pair, current projects include essays on various Horatian odes, reviews of recent books and films, and a collection of my own lyrics.
"Notes Toward a Horatian Stevens." Forthcoming in Arion.
"Riverrun: Channeling Anna Perenna in Finnegans Wake." Forthcoming in Uncovering Anna Perenna: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Roman Myth and History. Ed. S. McCallum and G. McIntyre. London: Bloomsbury.