I have a short piece up over at Jacket2 titled “Is You or Ain’t You My Poetry?” which is part of their new feature “Quick Question.” Katie Price is asking why the word “poetry” is still being used nowadays to refer to texts, performances, and artifacts that don’t seem especially poetic; other respondents include Amy Catanzano and Bob Perelman.
I’ll be participating tomorrow in the “Conversation with Marjorie Perloff” panel at the Pacific Modern and Ancient Language Association (PAMLA) annual conference in Riverside, California. It’s going to be in the Riverside Convention Center Room 4, 1:45-3:15pm. Come watch the conversational fireworks.
As of September 1st, I am now the Chair of the Department of English at the University of Washington, Seattle.
In just a couple days I am leaving home to spend two months as a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at Australian National University in Canberra. I’ll be giving a public lecture at ANU on 11 August titled “Conceptual Writing: Poetry as Information Art”; I’ll also be giving talks at the University of Sydney (10 September) and at Melbourne University (TBD).
This weekend I’m at the American Literature Association annual conference in Washington, DC. I’m speaking as part of a roundtable on the modernist Hart Crane, then moderating a second roundtable on the poet. Tomorrow I’m on a roundtable about the new Cambridge History of American Poetry, for which I wrote the chapter on the New York School.
I’m off to Portland for the annual conference of the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS). On Saturday morning 4/26/14 I’ll be giving a paper titled “The Shine and the Shadow: John Tranter Re-Views John Ashbery” on a panel with John Beer and Kaplan Harris on the legacy of the “New Australian Poetry” of the 1960s and 1970s. You can find the conference program on the AAALS web site if you’re interested.
You can now stream or download my lecture “Less is More: Contemporary Poems Composed Through Deletion,” which I gave in August 2012 at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Here’s how the talk was originally advertised: “Since the turn of the millennium, a number of poets have begun composing verse by taking pre-existing texts and selectively deleting words, phrases, sentences, and even whole sections. Does it make sense to call such poets ‘writers’ in anything but a very loose sense, since, instead of generating text, they remove it? Moreover, since they give us nothing but passages of borrowed language with the original word order preserved intact, can we say that they are sharing their unique thoughts, experiences, and emotions? This talk argues that today’s poetry-by-subtraction is best understood as an inventive response to information overload.”