Consider the midden

Authors

  • David Ritchie PNCA

Keywords:

middens, meaning, archeology, art, Rousseau’s Reveries

Abstract

Those who read the essay may be reminded of A.R. Ammon's poem, “Garbage” which a correspondant recently called to my attention. The overlap is coincidental; at time of writing, I was ignorant of that work. This essay investigates meanings of an old term: middens. In keeping with the aims of this journal the essay touches on art, philosophy and Freudian psycho-analysis.

Author Biography

David Ritchie, PNCA

Ritchie teaches history and writes plays, prose, fiction and poetry. He also paints. His next essay “How 2 Write 4 the Future, a 5 Star Guide” will appear in an MLA book about teaching and comedy (title not yet announced).

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Published

2021-07-15

Issue

Section

Academic Articles