“I wish more poets would talk about money,” writes Susan Briante, assistant professor at UT Dallas, in an essay called Notes Towards the Poetics of the Dow. And some do, certainly. Philip Larkin listened to it sing. Howard Nemerov dissected a nickel (figuratively). The poets of Occupy Wall Street seem to be unstoppable. But Briante has approached the poetics of the economy with a singular focus in the past few years, adopting the stock market as an inspiration, a character, and a poem generator.

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