112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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21st Century American Poetry I

Session Chair: 
Ann Keniston, University of Nevada, Reno
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
Marriott Imperial


  1. Catherine Irwin, University of La Verne
    Focusing on Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog (2013) and the section Bidart entitled the “Hunger for the Absolute,” this paper argues that, in Bidart’s neo-confessionals, the speaker grapples with narratives that maintain attachments to bodily and metaphysical flesh, inevitably exposing—and questioning—the illusory necessity and price of certain attachments.  
  2. Scott Riley, St. Mary's College of California
    Utilizing Heidegger’s interpretation of Schelling, this paper investigates Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog in relation to questions of ontology. It traces the ways in which Bidart’s poems, like Schelling's Treatise on the Essense of Human Freedom, resituate freedom as antithetical to necessity, rather than nature.
  3. Caleb Agnew, University of Virginia
    This paper investigates the prominence of outer space imagery in new poetry by W. S. Merwin and Alan Shapiro, arguing that the speaker's location in relation to the physical universe becomes troubled by cosmic referents, and the instability of this link emerges as one of the primary insights in these poets' new work.
Session Cancelled: