. . . it is almost impossible that I should be here.

About Author

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Benjamin Hagen is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Dakota. Sketching a Present does not represent the views of USD, its faculty, or its administration. The site is merely a self-indulgent—somewhat professional—project of pain and pleasure that hopes to bump into the lives of others occasionally. This site is a space for hobbyhorses—reading poetry aloud, working slowly through a difficult book—but it's also a drawing board where the author occasionally sketches out some ideas he may explore in research or teaching.