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

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Reassessing Language Poetry: Thirty Years After The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book

Session Chair: 
Tom Jesse, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Ballroom B


  1. Chris Santiago, University of Southern California
    This paper revisits sound poetry as affect by re-reading Steve McCaffery's sound poems through the filter of Steve Goodman’s work on sonic warfare. Because sound is physical and psychological, sound poetry is not an object of “mere” aesthetics, but an urgent question of praxis. The paper argues for a sound poetry that returns to the Black Audio Film Collective’s original notion of "sonic warfare," one that employs sound less self-reflexively and as a contagion for mobilization.
  2. Sarah Lozier, University of California, Riverside
    “Kirstenography” and “Denigration,” two poems from Harryette Mullen’s 2002 Sleeping With the Dictionary, extend the political and formal possibilities of LANGUAGE poetry by mobilizing the expressive poetics of visual word play to unearth a sonic polemic against contemporary politics and discourses of oppression. 
  3. Sarah Nance, University of California, Los Angeles
    This paper explores language poetry’s intersection with feminism through portrayals of embodiment, specifically female poets who are interested in bodies perceived as non-normative, ill, or disabled. Their poetry argues for a reparative reading that explores bodily experience as a way of navigating between subject and object through ever-shifting portrayals of a speaking “I.”
Session Cancelled: