Poet reads reflections from “American Urn”

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s English Department hosted poet Mark Irwin for a reading and book signing Tuesday. Irwin read from his newest book of poems, “American Urn: New & Selected Poems (1987-2013),” a collection of what he said he considers to be his best work.Assistant Professor of English Aaron Moe introduced Irwin, whose poems and essays have been published in numerous literary magazines, including The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic and The Kenyon Review. Irwin holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Case Western Reserve. He has also taught at various colleges and universities across the country.Irwin’s collections include “Against the Meanwhile” (1989), “Quick, Now, Always” (1996), “White City” (2000), “Bright Hunger” (2004), “Tall If” (2008), “Large White House Speaking” (2013) and “American Urn” (2014). “Just as there are endangered species, there are endangered forms of thought,” Moe said. “Reading through ‘American Urn,’ one quickly recognizes how Irwin has revived and created his own forms of thought and gives us, as readers, the opportunities to dwell and linger within those forms, and as those several distinct forms recur throughout the collection, one can settle into those forms and wander in them and discover a new largeness.”Irwin read a number of his poems from “American Urn” and from his next, unpublished book. Among the poems he read were “Go,” “Poem Beginning with a Line by Milosz,” “My Father’s Hats” and “Lucky Boy.” “I never really plan a reading,” Irwin said. “I kind of listen to what people are saying and compose it around the moment. I was talking to [Moe] and he said, ‘I think Big Bang is still going on at this moment. That we are moving out and that’s actually what the present is. That we’re one with the Big Bang which is continuous.’ So a lot of my poems are about the present tense.”After reading his poem “Ars Poetica,” meaning the art of poetry, Irwin said, “I’m just realizing that there are all these advertisements in Los Angeles all on the freeways. Everything is reduced to a stock phrase. We have to fight against the pollution of language. That woke me.” Irwin said he draws inspiration for his poems from everything around him. When he taught Humanities for Veterinary students at Colorado State, he witnessed a professor perform a spay on a labrador retriever, which he used in one of his poems, titled “The Death.” His poem “My Father’s Hats” was written in part when Irwin’s father was alive and finished in a matter of minutes after his father’s death.Irwin said he was able to draw inspiration from the most mundane aspects of life. He said he named one of his books “Bright Hunger” after waking up to the bright sun and realizing he was hungry. His poem “Tomato Soup” depicts life in the suburbs, which he found in a can of tomato soup.“The gift of poetry is the gift of wakefulness,” Moe said after the reading. “Thank you [Irwin] for your gift to help us be more awake.” Tags: American Urn, Mark Irwinlast_img read more

How To Avoid Red Wine Stains On Your Teeth?

first_imgPLANTATION, Florida – How do you enjoy your favorite reds without the self-consciousness associated with red wine teeth stains? Here’s the scoop on dental discoloration so you can take the right steps to maintain your pearly whites.Why Red Wine StainsStrong pigments in red wine are instant stain-makers for porous surfaces like your teeth. These pigments, called chromogens, give it that deep, intense hue, and leave their mark on your teeth after just a few sips. The nature of enamel plays a big part in this process.Enamel isn’t perfectly smooth. It has small cracks and irregularities, and pigmentation from red wine will settle in them.”The acid and tannins contained within red wine, however, are the main contributors to staining. Wine is an acidic beverage – much like coffee, tea and soda – so it promotes enamel erosion that makes it easier for chromogens to soak into your smile. Tannins, the astringent compounds that create the dry-mouth texture of wine, also bind to the teeth, encouraging pigment to latch on.This doesn’t mean you have to avoid red wine. Red wine has long been touted for its health benefits, some of which include reduced risk of gum disease and tooth decay. It also may lower your susceptibility to heart disease and offer protection against Alzheimer’s. So, before you switch to white, keep in mind there’s a lot you can do to lessen staining in the short term and ensure a white smile for life.Brush and Floss before Pouring a Glass –Stains cling to the film of plaque on your teeth, so a thorough brushing and flossing before drinking red wine is a good personal rule to uphold. By properly removing new plaque and food residue from your teeth before an indulgent meal you can minimize your chances of staining. Cleaning your teeth on this type of schedule also cuts down on your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.Rinse Your Mouth Out Afterward –To help prevent red wine from lingering on your teeth, take a swig of water, which is generally a good habit while consuming any type of alcohol to keep you hydrated. You may think it makes sense to brush the wine off your teeth, as well, but enamel is more sensitive right after a meal. You should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to prevent this damage and let your enamel recalcify.Eat as you Drink –Consider noshing on cheese and crackers as you drink; this food can act as a barrier to the acid in red wine. Go with particularly fibrous foods that are low in sugar, such as broccoli, celery or hard cheeses – all of which can stimulate saliva flow and naturally scrub away drink stains.Use a Whitening Toothpaste –Whitening toothpastes work to remove surface stains on your teeth that naturally occur over time and prevent new red wine teeth stains from forming. It’s a good idea to use one if you’re concerned about keeping your smile bright this time of year. When the teeth are thoroughly clean, they have a better chance of picking up whitening agents effectively – so be sure not to skip your regular dental cleanings.If you want a more extensive whitening effect, of course, you may want to consider an at-home or professional treatment. Talk to your dentist before you use any non-paste whitening product, especially if you have a history of sensitive teeth or gums.As with most dental concerns, keeping your commitment to regular dental cleanings and exams can go a long way in preventing a permanent stain from an acidic drink or food you’ll want to enjoy on occasion. Do so with these tips in mind, and you won’t have to cut back on your favorite reds at such a wonderful time of the year.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.comlast_img read more

Chris Watts: Horse Racing’s biggest hurdle in tackling corruption

first_img HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share Submit SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Speaking at the ESSA Sports Betting Integrity Conference at Lord’s cricket ground yesterday, Chris Watts head of integrity assurance at the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) outlined what he identified as the ‘biggest threat’ to eradicating corruption from the sport.The former anti-corruption manager for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was speaking on the opening panel at the event, analysing what are the best practice models to tackle match-fixing and sporting corruption. He was particularly wary of betting industries in foreign markets that don’t fall under the purview of UK regulators.Watts said: “One of the biggest threats which I can see coming down the track in the next ten years, is betting operators located offshore, who are offering markets on sporting events within our jurisdiction. They’re either not licensed or are only partially licensed, they’re not regulated or are only lightly regulated, so they’re not licensed or regulated to the extent that we are used to within the UK under the Gambling Commission.“It makes it hugely problematic for us to have vision into those markets, to see what’s going on, and understand the threat and the risk to UK sport, that’s something that we know is happening with horse racing, so how do we get that visibility if we can’t get see the betting patterns how do we understand what’s going on? And how do we understand what the risk is, in order to take some action against it?”Watts, who joined the ECB after spending thirty years with the Metropolitan Police Service, then went onto point out how the BHA is ‘addressing and tackling’ the issue. Watts added: “One way we can address and tackle it is through education. In horse racing we have started an education programme; it’s in the early stages and it’s going to be a huge challenge to deliver an education awareness programme across the whole of horse racing.“We are talking here about upwards of around 600 licensed jockeys, around about 600 trainers and the same number of racing yards, this is going to be a huge project, it’s something that we’ve just started on now and we’re planning and scheduling it with a view to delivering it over a two year programme.” Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 Sharelast_img read more