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Doren Robbins, MFA
English/Creative Writing and Honors Instructor

Language Arts Division
     (650) 949-7678
     650-949-7695 (Fax)

Foothill campus
Office: 6008
Office Hours:
Online, Sunday evening 9:00-10:00pm

On campus, Winter 2014/ TBA

Forthcoming chapbook in 2014, Title to Pussy Riot.

Doren Robbins' current book of poems is Amnesty Muse. His last book, My Piece of the Puzzle, was awarded the Josephine Miles PEN Oakland National Poetry Award for 2008.

From the publisher:

"Doren Robbins' latest collection, My Piece of the Puzzle, is as open and immediate as letters from a friend, albeit a friend who feels deeply the accumulated weight of experience. Suffused with an almost defiant tenderness, the poems speak of love and dispossession and loss, and of the power of memory to resuscitate fragments of our lives. They are at once a howl of finely tuned outrage at the world's unyielding brutality, which we can at times withstand only by becoming brutal ourselves, and a celebration of the human need to find something that endures to conjure meaning from impermanence."

Praise for My Piece of the Puzzle:

These are remarkable, fiery poems. Poems that would urge any poet on, language that tears open reality. I think this is Doren Robbins' finest book, and I've admired his work for a good while. The imagination, its energy and precision, is immense. There's a delicate observation of even the rawest materials, a tenderness for humanity in all its cruelty, stupidity, and often invisible dignity and grace, that feels to me like his peculiar, original contribution to--well, to the puzzle of what we have become: people, Americans, men and women today, above all those who are "absent," unregistered, undocumented in both senses.

Adrienne Rich

Doren Robbins grows evermore himself, evermore an original and reliable critic, prophet, singer. His poems are ever richer, combining now unfaltering powerful and tender memory with wisdom. Real wisdom. And he's writing the best political poems I know.

Gerald Stern

Doren Robbins's poems are both poignantly personal and boldly political. They are passionate and lyrical, as you expect of the best in poetry. He is a keen observer of family life as well as the larger world outside, and a pleasure to read.

Howard Zinn

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Winter 2014

English 1B/ Online
English 1B/ On campus TTh/ 12:30-3:45
English 1A/ TThF/ 12:00-1:25
English 1A/ S/ 12:00-1:50 Hybrid

Course information:
The best way to reach me is through Email or see me personally for a conference.

Philosophical Ideas, all forms of artistic expression, working-class realities, nature, civil rights, the erotic life, ecology, economic justice, tragedy, satire and absurdity.

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Personal Quote:
"Complex seeing must be practiced."

Bertolt Brecht

"Being calm amounts to a failure to understand one's true situation."

From Susan Sontag's essay on Antonin Artaud

"Art itself could probably not produce the renascence which implies justice and liberty. But without it, that renascence would be without forms and, consequently, would be nothing."

Albert Camus

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Honors Program

Summer Hours
M-Th: 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Closed: July 15 - August 17

Special Honors Institute Info and Sign-Up Event
July 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admin Bldg, Room 1960
Interested Students: Drop in to learn more about the honors program, submit your application and register for fall honors classes.
Please bring
your completed application, unofficial transcripts and test scores.

Online Forms
Application (Word)
Try An Honors App (Word)
Honors Scholars (Word)
Counseling Verification (Word)

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