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

Poetry and Poetics II

Session Chair: 
Mark Richardson, Doshisha University
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Henry 225
Topic Area: 


  1. Marty Cain, Cornell University
    C.D. Wright’s 1998 text, Deepstep Come Shining, presents a fragmented depiction of rural Arkansas, challenging the tendency in Southern narrative verse towards legible and easily assimilable representations of Southernness. By foregrounding Wright’s depiction of visuality, this essay argues that Deepstep Come Shining illuminates the anachronisms of regional identity in the late capitalist American South.
  2. Daniel Benyousky, Baylor University
    In my paper, I will consider the prominence of architecture and space in Seamus Heaney's poetry, both of which expand his way of seeing the world. In particular, I will focus on the bed, considering how this object constructs the architecture of the bedroom and develops domestic space in his poetry. For Heaney, the bed transforms a room into a place of rest and intimacy, it connects past with present through beds that are willed and inherited within his family, and it offers Heaney the space to interact with poetic predecessors like Homer. 
  3. Ying Zhu, Macao Polytechnic Institute
    Marilyn Chin and Li-Young Lee, adopt a “poetics of translations” through their backward glances at the Chinese poetic tradition as well as their re-interpretation of an American poetic tradition.  Chin and Lee advocate a “poetics of trans-nations” in which they engage their cultural inheritances forcefully and in turn transform them into a reservoir of creativity that helps them come to terms with their double allegiances: the Chinese and the American poetic heritages.  
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