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

Poetry and Poetics III

Session Chair: 
Yanara Friedland, Western Washington University
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 131
Topic Area: 


  1. Yvette Mylett, University of Utah
     Larry Eigner's poetry often makes use of natural imagery by staging pastoral, domestic, and other scenery side-by-side. In my essay, I hope to examine Eigner's surreal mixing of landscapes in the context of the overlapping interests of disability studies and ecocriticism, focusing on the way in which both critical trajectories complicate understandings of materiality that tend toward organicism and essentialism. 
  2. Jessica Lewis Luck, "California State University, San Bernardino"
    This essay turns to some of the insights emerging in the field of cognitive science about the powerful effects of disfluency on the brain in order to uncover some of the potential effects of contemporary visual poetry (“Vispo”) on its audience.
  3. Scott Riley, UC Santa Cruz
    This presentation will explore the poetics of the hyperlink with particular attention to Andrea Brady’s Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination, first published as a website with hyperlinks interwoven into the text of the poem.
  4. Amanda Hickok, New York University
    As the growth of the debt economy in the 21st century has led to generalized immiseration, it may also provide the condition of possibility for a radical rejection of economic “performance.” This antagonism can be tracked in contemporary poetry through its reflexive attention to non-narrative form and the assertion of collectivity against realist individualism, examined here in the poetry of Wendy Trevino.
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