Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Peter Gizzi at Yale

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on October 29, 2009

Poet Peter Gizzi will visit Yale University on November 5th and 6th. On the evening of Thursday, the 5th, Gizzi will read in the Graduate Poets Reading Series; on the afternoon of Friday, November  6th, he will meet with the Working Group in Contemporary Poetry. Details of both event follow. Peter Gizzi is one of the most talented experimental lyric poets of his generation.  His books include The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and WeatherArtificial Heart, and Periplum and other poems 1987-92.  His many honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and a Guggenheim Fellowship.   He is also the editor of The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer and, with Kevin Killian, of My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer.  Currently he teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Gizzi’s Reading: Grad Poets Reading Series, 7:00 pm, Thursday, November 5th, Linsly-Chittenden Rm. 317. Books will be available to purchase, courtesy of the Yale University Bookstore. This event has been generously sponsored by the Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate, the Dean’s Fund and the Yale Review.

WGCP Meeting with Peter Gizzi:   3 pm, Friday, November 6th, Whitney Humanities Center Rm 116. The group will discuss The Outernational and additional readings (https://wgcp.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/gizzi-outernational), focusing on the questions outlined here: http://mailman.yale.edu/pipermail/wgcp-whc/2009-October/000229.html.


Meeting Time Change

Posted in Announcements, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on October 21, 2009

Please note, the WGCP will meet to discuss Peter Gizzi’s The Outernational at 3:30pm Friday, October 23 in room 116 at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, 55 Wall Street (the corner of Church and Wall). Suggested additional readings include the following: https://wgcp.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/gizzi-outernational/. Future meetings and readings can be found here: https://wgcp.wordpress.com/meetings-readings/.

Next Meeting: Peter Gizzi’s The Outernational

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on October 17, 2009

The WGCP will meet next Friday, Oct 23, from 3-5pm, to discuss the work of Peter Gizzi; his book The Outernationale will be the focus of our discussion. Gizzi is one of the most significant lyric poets of his generation.  His work blends together a fierce interest in what might be conceived as an American trajectory of poetry and poetics that is infused with a Continental (particularly French) inflection. Peter Gizzi will be reading Thursday, Nov 5, here on campus and joining the WGCP to discuss his work on Friday, Nov. 6 from 3-5.

Peter Gizzi was born in 1959 and grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He holds degrees from New York University, Brown University, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. His books include The Outernationale (Wesleyan, 2007), Some Values of Landscape and Weather (2003), Artificial Heart (1998), and Periplum (1992). He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into numerous languages.

About his collection Artificial Heart, the critic Marjorie Perloff has said: “In his visionary quest, his raw emotion, and his New York school spontaneity, Gizzi performs a clinamen that relates him to O’Hara, Ashbery, and, beyond these poets, to Rimbaud and Hart Crane…. a master of the mot juste and of sound structure. Most of the book’s poems… are as memorable as they are moving and spare.”

Gizzi has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, The Foundation of French Literature at Royaumont, Un Bureau Sur L’Atlantique, and the Centre International de Poesie Marseille. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and fellowships from the Howard Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

His work as an editor includes o•blék: a journal of language arts, The Exact Change Yearbook, and The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer. He has taught at Brown University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Poetry editor for The Nation, he is currently on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

More about Peter Gizzi and his work:

–Radio interview with Charles Bernstein: http://media.sas.upenn.edu/pennsound/groups/XCP/XCP_148_Gizzi_10-14-07.mp3

–Review of Outernationale: http://bostonreview.net/BR32.3/palattella.php

–Interviews with Gizzi: http://poems.com/special_features/prose/essay_gizzi.php


–An essay by Gizzi on poetry, avant-garde film, and “the art of assemblage”: http://www.sienese-shredder.com/3/peter_gizzi-jack_spicer_bruce_conner_and_the_art_of_the_assemblage.html