Patrick Thomas Morgan is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Duke University, where he is a scholar of nineteenth-century American literature. The intersection of science and literature has been a key part of his research ever since Laura Dassow Walls published his essay, “Aesthetic Inflections: Thoreau, Gender, and Geology” in the 2010 Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies. More recently, he co-wrote (with Priscilla Wald) the March 2013 preface to American Literature’s Thoreau Symposium. His book chapter, “Let’s Get Heretical,” unveils a lesson for introducing students to the analytic shapes and logics of lyric poetry through a systematic close reading and writing exercise, and is forthcoming in The Pocket Instructor: Literature (Princeton University Press, 2015).