115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Poetry and Poetics I

Session Chair: 
James McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Session 3: Friday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Henry 225
Topic Area: 


  1. Joseph Giardini, Johns Hopkins University
    In her book The Garcia Family Co-Mercy, the Vancouver based poet Lissa Wolsak shifts between different accounts of history: religious, anthropological, and evolutionary. I argue that this pluralist approach to understanding the past enables a critique of ego-driven and capitalist motivated conceptions of the self, in favor of a materialist connection between world, word, and action.
  2. Ryan Heryford, California State University, East Bay
    This paper advocates for the necessity of ecopoetic theory in the age of the digital cloud, when technological fetishism supplants our attention to the attritional losses of unsustainable ecosystems.  Engaging with a canon of modern and contemporary American poets whose work distorts the unstable relationship between language, embodiment, and the material world, this paper argues that ecopoetic theory offers scholars and activists a discourse to explore our imagined detachment from disembodied landscapes.
  3. Marc Malandra, Biola University
    W. S. Merwin's Garden Time is the latest volume of poetry from one of our planet's most noble and articulate spokespeople. In his establishment of the Conservancy, and in Garden Time in particular, William Merwin is planting literal seeds so that others will have the opportunity to plant metaphorical ones.
Session Cancelled: