I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at Austin Peay State University, where I teach and write about twentieth-century poetry. I also serve as Secretary of the Wallace Stevens Society.


My current book project, Echo & Critique: Poetry and Political Clichés after World War II, analyzes how postwar poets responded to the political doublespeak of their era by taking specific phrases (like “transfer of population,” “service the target” or “revenue enhancement”) and then putting pressure on them, drawing out their implications, and complicating them within a poem. At the same time, Echo & Critique argues that poets used this technique to weigh their own susceptibility to the clichés of public discourse.


My articles have appeared, or are forthcoming, in such venues as MLQEssays in Criticism, Philological QuarterlyJML: Journal of Modern Literature,Twentieth Century LiteratureModernism/modernityThe Yale Review, and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. I have also reviewed contemporary poetry for Colorado Review OnlineChicago Review, PN ReviewHarvard Review Online, and Rain Taxi.

If you'd like to contact me, I can be reached via email at gargaillof@apsu.edu.