Brian Reed

University of Washington

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Pitching Poetry

A new essay of mine–“Setting a Poem: A. J. Carruthers’ ‘Music, After Michael Dransfield’”–has appeared in the June 2017 issue of the Chinese journal Waiguo Wenxue Yanjiu [Foreign Literature Studies]. It’s an attempt to think about the analogy between the poem on the page and a score for musical performance, by way of the work of AJ Carruthers, a first-rate contemporary Australian writer. I take a look at a section of his long poem Axis that experiments with a pitch-notation system invented by the linguist Yuen Ren Chao.

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