116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Poetry and Poetics II

Session Chair: 
Jane Wong, Western Washington University
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 131
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  1. Tom Jesse, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
    Starting from Emily Dickinson's famous line "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant" (poem #1129) and Ludwig Wittgenstein's On Certainty (1969), this paper examines poetry’s role in manufacturing that which we call “truth” by working to continually expand the limits of the language games readers are playing.
  2. Paul Eaton, University of Maine Orono
    This presentation will examine the use of the journal/catalog form in the poetry of the second generation New York School, using William Corbett’s Columbus Square Journal as a test case to situate the form within its social, cultural, and pedagogical contexts.
  3. Frances Leviston, University of Manchester (United Kingdom)
    Cautioned by her reading of Jean-Paul Sartre’s mauvais foi, the British poet Denise Riley has developed a poetics of rehearsal that allows her both to dramatise and to ward against the dangers of lyric self-performance — a poetics now proving influential with younger British poets.
  4. Elina Siltanen, University of Turku (Finland)
    The paper considers Dorothea Lasky’s poetry, asking how her New Sincerity style performance of emotions rejects readers’ therapeutic validation. I argue that it is her awareness of sincerity as a performance of deliberate naiveté that allows her to acknowledge, in her representation of emotional experiences like pain and depression, that one cannot feel the other’s pain through empathy. This liberates readers to observe the poet’s performance of pain in all its banality.  
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