B.A., Northwestern University, Comparative Literature
A.M., Harvard University, Comparative Literature
A.M., Harvard University, English and American Literature and Language
Ph.D., Harvard University, Comparative Literature
Research Focus: Romanticism; the Novel; Fascism Studies; Aesthetic Theory; Twentieth-Century Art
The Charisma of Animals is Dr. Maertz’s first volume of verse. Completed during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, these poems incorporate structural and sonic echoes of formalism in brief lyrics and longer narratives which seek to make transient, intensely personal experiences—love and loss, illness and recovery, encounters with nature and animals as well as history and works of art—concrete and accessible. They belong to the province of sensations, memories, dreams, and sacred places: the fishing village of Gravir in the Outer Hebrides (home of Eriskay ponies, the eponymous white horses), the Hawaiian Islands, Lake Minnetonka, Manhattan, Heidelberg, Munich, Bergen, Paris, and Griggstown, an historic village on the outskirts of Princeton, New Jersey, where Dr. Maertz makes his home with Hooksy, a big orange tabby, in a former cidery.