Patrick Pritchett

Patrick Pritchett

Visiting Lecturer
Office: Bates 24


Patrick Pritchett received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to teaching at Westfield State, he is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Film Studies at Amherst College. Prior to that, he taught as a Lecturer in Harvard University’s History and Literature Program. His scholarly work focuses on modernist and postmodernist avant-garde poetry. His current book project, Writing the Disasters: The Messianic Turn in Postmodern American Poetry, examines how secular poets combine messianic languages of redemption with a poetics of interruption to write the trauma of historical catastrophe. His poems have been anthologized in The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral and The Literature of Our Climes and have appeared in New American Writing, Hambone, Interim, Colorado Review, Shiny, New Review of Literature, Prairie Schooner and The Modern Review, among others.  



  • Litscapes: Collected US Writings 2015. “The Famine Elegies.” Edited by Caitlin Alvarez and Kass Fleisher. Steerage Press, 2015.
  • The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral Poetry. “Twenty-First Century Ecology,”  “The Dream of Open Space,” “Forms of Disappearance.” Edited by Joshua Corey & G.C. Waldrep. Boise, ID: Ahsahta Press, 2012.

Book Chapters

  • “How To Do Things With Nothing: Lorine Niedecker Sings The Blues.” Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and The Politics of Place, edited by Elizabeth Willis. Iowa UP, 2008: 91-102.
  •  “Olson, Orpheus, Oz.” Ronald Johnson: Life & Works. Ed. Eric Selinger & Joel Bettridge. Orono, ME: National Poetry Foundation Press, 2008: 25-45.

Essays and Articles

  • Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Politics of Place (Iowa University Press)
  • Ronald Johnson: Life and Works (National Poetry Foundation)
  • Michael Palmer and poetry after Auschwitz in JML


  • “Seven Moments in the Ontology of the Cinematic Image,” Lute and Drum Quarterly, v.5, February 2016.!pritchett/
  • “The Failure of Logos and The Fate of Spirit: Fanny Howe’s Gnostic Angel.”
    SPOKE 1.1 (78-92) Fall  2013.
  • “Midrash as the Angel of History: On Rachel Blau DuPlessis’ Drafts.” Jacket 2. Fall 2011.
  • “Clarity or, Late Modernism: George Oppen and Ezra Pound.” All This Strangeness: A Garland for George Oppen. Edited by Eric Hoffman. Spring 2009.
  • “Writing the Disasters:  Late Modernism and the Persistence of the Messianic in George Oppen & Michael Palmer.” Jacket 36, 2008: George Oppen Feature, edited by Thomas Devaney. Fall 2008.

Poetry and Chapbooks

  • Orphic Noise, Dos Madres Press, 2017
  • Song X: New and Selected Poems, Talisman House, September 2014.
          Chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Robert Adamson for The
  • Gnostic Frequencies. NY: Spuyten Duyvil, 2012.
  • Salt, My Love (limited edition artist’s book). Tucson, AZ: Chax, 2008.
  • Antiphonal (chapbook). Boston: Pressed Wafer, 2008.
  • Lives of the Poets (chapbook). Boulder, CO: Potato Clock Press, 2007.
  • Burn – Doxology for Joan of Arc. Tucson, AZ: Chax Press, 2005.
  • Reside (chapbook). Boulder, CO: Dead Metaphor Press, 1999.
  • Ark Dive (chapbook). Sacramento, CA: Arcturus Editions, 1998.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “‘Giant Steps’: John Taggart’s Sheets of Sound and Messianic Jazz.”
    Jacket 2, June 2014. Editor, Matthew Cooperman.
  • “How to Write Poetry after Auschwitz: The Burnt Book of Michael Palmer”
    Journal of Modern Literature 37.3 (127-145) Spring 2014.
  •  “Translation as Ventriloquism: Ezra Pound and the Necromantic Idioms of Modernism.”
    Valley Voices: A Literary Review 7.1, Spring 2007: 9-18.
  • “The Breaking of the Vessels: Toward a Lyric of Messianic Form.”
    English Language Notes 44.1, Spring 2006: 221-225.
  • ELN Forums: Cluster 4: Innovative Poetry and The Question of Spirit. Introduction and Editor for special section. English Language Notes, 2006 Spring; 44 (1): 199-23.
  • “Abandoning Ship: Face to Face at Zero Degree Interpellation in Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.” ELN 42.2, Fall 2004: 41-55.