Attitudes: Selected Prose and Poetry

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W. Ross Winterowd

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At times Winterowd is playful, and at other times he's the mordantly cynical critic--of the academy, of academicians, and of society in general.  His attitudes are leavened by wit, and his insights are never mundane.  Attitudes is for anyone who has become jaded by the gray monotone of much writing in our profession. Attitudes includes essays, poems, and a novella, Academy Awards. All are published here for the first time.

About the Author

W. Ross Winterowd is the Bruce R. McElderry Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California, where he founded its PhD program in Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature. He has authored, coauthored, or edited many essays, reviews, poems, and books, including Searching For Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey (2004, Parlor Press), Senior Citizens Writing (2007, Parlor Press), The Culture and Politics of Literacy (1989, Oxford), and The English Department: An Institutional and Personal History (1998, Southern Illinois). He has been leading writing workshops for seniors in Huntington Beach, California, since 1997. In 2010, he received the field’s highest honor, the Exemplar Award, from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.


Part I.  Bricolage

“Chicken” and Poetry: The Unspeakable and the Unsayable
Insomniac Rhapsody on Vitalism
Writing Theorists Writing: Life Studies
The Seasons: Four Prose Lyrics
Tropical Thoughts
The Orgone Experience; or, Renewal Is Possible
The Ceremony of Innocence 29

II.  Poems

Parsnip, Carrot, Beet, Radish, Rutabaga, Jicama, Potato, Sweet Potato, Pea, Bean I, Bean II, Oats, Wheat, Rye, Rice, Sotweed, Lettuce, Cabbage, Okra,

Matters Professional

The Jaded Compositionist Meditates on His Calling During an Attack of Influenza
Slither, Bustle, Waddle, and Glide, Members of the Departmental Subcommittee on Allocation of Office Supplies and Faculty Amenities
Meditation at a Scholarly Conference


Hiking Wheeler
Eudora (on having read One Writer’s Beginnings, by another Eudora)
The Deep Structure of Desire

Matters Personal

With George and Mary
Code Blue
Les Fleurs Sauvages
Mellow Drama
“But a good cigar is a smoke”
How to Read a Page

III.  Academy Awards

About the Author

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