Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Keith Waldrop Wins NBA

Posted in Announcements, Events, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on November 19, 2009

Keith Waldrop’s Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy has been awarded the National Book Award for Poetry.

Of Waldrop’s work, the judges write “If transcendental immanence were possible, it would be because Keith Waldrop had invented it; he’s the only one who could—and in Transcendental Studies he has. These three linked series achieve a fusion arcing from the Romantic to the Postmodern that demonstrates language’s capacity to go to extremes—and to haul daily lived experience right along with it: life imitates language, and when language becomes these poems, life itself gets more various, more volatile, more vital.”

The WGCP will discuss Transcendental Studies with visiting scholar Olivier Brossard on December 4th at 3pm in room 116 at WHC. Keith Waldrop will join the WGCP for a discussion of his work in January.


Meeting Minutes: Peter Gizzi

Posted in WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on November 15, 2009

The Working Group in Contemporary Poetics met on Friday November 6 to discuss the poetry of Peter Gizzi, who was able to join our conversation that day. The Meeting Minutes have been posted tot he WGCP Minutes Archive: WGCP Minutes–Gizzi Visit, 11-6-09

In response to the opening question about what is “Americanness” in terms of his interest in an American vernacular and poetric tradition, Gizzi described that the American landscape and the nation’s rhetoric or forms of address and speech patterns are tied together. Part of this, he explained, comes from his understanding of his parent’s and grandparent’s immigrant and working class background. Thus, the question of place and identity are not settled questions. His work, and the work he is drawn to investigate, aesthetic values which are braided with moral and political values.  In terms of rhetoric, language is largely performative and therefore brings certain conditions into being.  Poetic language is not strictly fictional, nor is it reportage. It composes, presents, and represents the world as he encounters it. The poetic text in a sense ratifies this encounter and fashions it into a communicable reality that readers can then take part in. Read the Meeting Minutes in full here: WGCP Minutes–Gizzi Visit, 11-6-09

Image: The Watts Towers, featured on the cover of The Outernationale by Peter Gizzi


Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on November 9, 2009

The Futurist Avant-Garde in Italy and Russia
Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, 2009

featuring WGCP contributors Marjorie Perloff & Paolo Valesio

Conference website: Futurismo/Futurizm

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Filippo Marinetti’s founding manifesto of Italian Futurism. The manifesto’s publication sparked intense interest across Europe and Eurasia, from France to Italy and Russia, and is widely considered the inaugural text of the 20th-century literary avant-garde. Marinetti’s subsequent visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg in 1914 allowed the Russian avant-garde to differentiate itself from rival European currents, raising important questions about the competitive diffusion of aesthetic modernism and cultural modernity within and beyond Europe. Taking advantage of Yale University’s unique resources for the study of the Italian and Russian avant-garde, our conference will add its comparative and transnational perspective to the many celebrations of Futurism’s 100th anniversary currently being held in the United States and abroad.

This conference has been made possible by the generous contributions of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Departments of Italian, Slavics and Film Studies, the European Studies Council and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund. We would also like to acknowledge the public endorsement by the Triennale di Milano.

Events are free and open to the public, however registration is required. For more information call (203) 432-0595.

The Department of Italian at Columbia University in the City of New York is pleased to announce Beyond Futurism: F.T. Marinetti, Writer, a two-day international symposium. The sister conference will take place on November 12-13, 2009. For more information please visit the conference website.

Image: Parole in Liberta, F.T. Marinetti, 1932