King publishes article about American poet’s Spanish Civil War experiences

Mar 27, 2013

Patricia King, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of English, had her article, titled “‘The World is a Field of the Spanish War’: Traumatic Memory in Muriel Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War Poetry,” published in “TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics” (Vol. No. 3, 2013).

An international literary journal, “TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics” publishes original poems, critical and creative essays about poetry and poetics, book reviews and interviews. The journal is part of Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University.

In her article, King notes, “In Rukeyser’s poems about the Spanish Civil War, we clearly see the link between the work of writing political poetry and the work of bearing traumatic witness. Both demand of the writer or speaker that she turn her most deeply personal and interior story outward, in a deliberately public stance, so that her readers may share with her the burden of the testimony and, along with her, be changed—be moved to further action—by it.”

King has been teaching at North Central since 2006. She earned her B.A. from Eastern Mennonite University, her M.A. from James Madison University and her Ph.D. from Emory University. She will receive an M.F.A. from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in summer 2013.