Philip Metres

pmetres@jcu.edu

Philip Metres is the author of several books of poems, including Sand Opera, winner of the 2013 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books, A Concordance of Leaves (Diode 2013), abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine, 2011) and To See the Earth (Cleveland State, 2008). His work has garnered two NEA fellowships, four Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Arab American Book Award, and the Cleveland Arts Prize, amoung other honors. He is a prfessor of English at John Carroll University.

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September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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