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

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Poetry and Poetics IV

Session Chair: 
Brian Reed, University of Washington
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
Marriott Salon II
Topic Area: 


  1. Catherine Cucinella, "California State University, San Marcos"
    In this paper I argue that Chin’s poetics bodies become the poem, magnifying the trope of the Asian American poet’s disruption of unwelcoming, hegemonic, poetic traditions.  I identify a poetics/aesthetics of the body manifest in the infusion and fusion of the political, corporeal, and poetic throughout these poems.
  2. Jean-Philippe Marcoux, Universite Laval (Canada)
    This papers studies how t the import of Umbra writers is not exclusively political but mainly aesthetic. Through interactions with the Latin American poets of the Nuyorican Café and avant-garde artists with ties to Black Mountain, Umbra writers defined the aesthetic criteria that will, later, form the core of the Black Aesthetic. As such, the Umbra writers will be studied from their position as the first black avant-garde. 
  3. Anthony J Urquidi, California State University, Long Beach
    Robert Hass describes ecopoetics as "the study of the intricate set of causal relations in a given space," and coupled with Timothy Morton's idea of the "mesh" of interconnectedness and Ursula Heise's description of the global cultural awareness of "eco-cosmopolitanism," poems such as Frank O'Hara's "Steps," "Cornkind," "The Day Lady Died," and "Personal Poem" can be read in a light differing from his own personal views of his relation to ecosystems and can be appropriated as a model for environmentally progressive thinking in poetry.
  4. Jennifer Carter, San Diego State University
    Seen as an ideological worldview, spoken word poetry has emerged within the context and culture of a broader framework—away from a traditionalized standard of meter, quatrain, and couplet—birthed from a tradition of old storytelling merged with dance elements and the soul of urbanized song.
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