Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

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

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