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

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21st Century American Poetry II

Session Chair: 
Jeffrey Gray, Seton Hall University
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
Marriott Imperial


  1. Ann Keniston, University of Nevada, Reno
    My paper considers the ways Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout’s 2011 Money Shot explores economics, arguing that the volume links the Great Recession to other recent American cultural trends. Money Shot also links poetic images to commodities in ways that critique traditional modes of understanding poetry’s cultural function. But Armantrout also embraces the opportunities this commodification offers for punning and play, even as her poems express ambivalence about her own poetic success.
  2. Alan Golding, University of Louisville
    Lorine Niedecker asks “intensity—one can spread it in voluptuous gasps over page after page?” Rachel Blau DuPlessis’ multi-volume serial poem Drafts (2013) and the follow-up project Interstices (2014) can be read as a response to Niedecker’s question—which is also a question about the possible limitations of Objectivist poetics. What version of an Objectivist heritage or poetics do we find in DuPlessis’s use of seriality? What forms of continuity and discontinuity?
  3. Jeffrey Gray, Seton Hall University
    The difference between the appropriative writing of the 20th century and the present, is that raw text is increasingly seen as uninterpretable. I suggest the implications of contemporary appropriations and their attempt to bypass pastiche, “blank parody,” or indeed to offer any intervention at all.
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