Michael Karl Ritchie is a retired Professor of English at Arkansas Tech University. He has had three small press chapbook publications [Closing Down The Hearth, O-2 Press 1983; For Those In The Know, Caterpillar Press 1976; Night Blindness, La Huerta Press 1976] and work published in various small press magazines, including Gihon River Review, The Salt River Review, Nebula, The Mississippi Review, Margie, OR Panthology – Ocellus Reseau, The Red Earth Review, and The Arkansas Literary Forum.

SPACESHIP involves a collaboration with Blog-designer and artist Michelle McKinney, who often selects images and videos in reaction to poems written by Michael Karl (Ritchie), although, at times, Dr. Mike also picks images and You-Tube Videos to upload. Consequently, authorship is being undermined in this collaboration across gender, race, and age. McKinney refers to these pieces as “poetic jenga.”


Everything here is free, because it is too valuable to sell.


We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.

R. Buckminster Fuller



Short documentary film on Michael Karl Ritchie’s Spaceship and other “disposable poems”:

7 thoughts on “About

  1. Your 2010 Nebo Editor — Brooke Hobby (now Brooke Johnson) — will be reading from her novel on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 in WPN 126. I hope you will be able to attend.

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  2. Enjoyed very much your 2 part video on Spaceship. I have not read Spaceship. Your compositional method, as you describe it, is appealing, regardless of the poem itself, which I will read after typing this comment. I like the title, Spaceship, which has a lot of baggage that is appealing to me. I haven’t seen any other comments, so maybe I’m the first viewer to notice the hypnotic and repetitive weaving of your fingers throughout your talk. The gesture seemed to me to coincide with the flow of your thinking—clenched and/or static when summoning your answer, and weaving when explaining your thinking. Just a thought. Have we met in the past? Perhaps HK Stewart introduced us. I’m almost sure we’ve spoken, if just in passing. I love your site. I will explore further. Thanks.

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      1. Dr. Ritchie: This is Esther White, Nebo S2017 Editor. Can you believe it? You wrote a poem the last semester you taught at ATU and sent it to me. I was wondering if you would want to allow it to be published in this edition? Please let me know. Thank you!


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