Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Save the Dates: Fall 2013 Readings at Beinecke Library

Posted in Announcements, Events, Sponsors, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on May 28, 2013

Mark your calendars: the following events may be of interest to WGCP members…

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John Koethe, Poetry Reading

Tuesday, October 8, 4:00 pm

Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street

Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series

Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

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John Ashbery, Poetry Reading

Tuesday, November 12, 4:00 pm

Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street

Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series

Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

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Susan Stewart, Poetry Reading

Wednesday, December 4, 4:00 pm

Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street

Co-Sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center and

the Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series

Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

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Language Beyond Language

Posted in Announcements, Events, Sponsors, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on February 2, 2010

On February 12 at 3pm, the WGCP will meet in room 38 at Beinecke Library with Curator Tim Young to discuss Russian Zaum poetry and what Young has called the “pre- and quasi verbal” in books by poets and artists. Young will show an exhibition of rare Zaum books and related materials from the Beinecke Library’s Modern Books and Manuscripts Collection. Information about visiting the Beiencke Library: Beinecke Seminar Room Guidelines.

Examples of Zaum poetry, including Russian and English sound recordings, can be found online in the Getty Center’s outstanding exhibition, “Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910-1917” curated by Nancy Perloff.

Additional readings:

From Jabberwocky to Lettrism, by Eugène Jolas

To Destroy Language by Craig Dworkin

Image: Cover of Tango with Cows: Ferro-Concrete Poems (Tango s korovami: Zhelezobetonnye poemy) from the Getty exhibition online; PDF version of the book

About the WGCP

Posted in Announcements, Sponsors by wgcp on May 7, 2009

The Whitney Humanities Center / Beinecke Library Working Group in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (WGCP).

Interested members of the Yale University community are invited to join the Whitney Humanities Center / Beinecke Library Working Group in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (WGCP). The Group meets every other Friday at 3:00pm in room 116 at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University (the corner of Church and Wall) to discuss problems and issues of contemporary poetry within international alternative and / or avant-garde traditions of lyric poetry.

The WGCP regularly invites visiting scholars and poets to join the group discussion; guests have included Susan Howe, Jacques Jouet, John Yau, and Charles Bernstein. WGCP discussions take the work of modernist masters in the European and American traditions and a variety of more recent poetries and poetic theories from around the world as their primary subject. The group’s conversations consistently assess the shifting relationship between poetry and other forms of discourse (including criticism, philosophy, politics, mathematics, medicine, history, and art history), as well as the way poetry engages innovative thinking in other arts (cinema, music, painting, architecture). Consequently, the concerns that animate our biweekly discussions vary greatly (see an archive of our minutes at: WGCP Minutes Archive).

The WGCP readings have recenlty included E Pound/Fenellosa, C. Olson, L. Niedecker, G. Stein, U. Dydo, E. Hocquard, M. Deguy, A. Schwerner, A. Lauterbach, J-M Gleize and F.T. Marinetti. Guests included Michael Deguy, Emmanuel Hocquard, Cole Swensen, Jean-Marie Gleize, Ulla Dydo, Paolo Valesio and Ann Lauterbach. To receive announcements about the WGCP’s meetings and events via e-mail, subscribe to the group’s list-serv at WGCP List-serv.