Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

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blueABCThe Whitney Humanities Center/Beinecke Library Working Group in Contemporary Poetry returns in September! Please check back for additional details and event confirmation

Petals of Zero Petals of One

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on November 23, 2011

Our final two sessions of the semester will be on Friday Dec 2nd and Friday Dec 9th and will focus on the work of Andrew Zawacki. Our main focus will be his most recent collection of poems, Petals of Zero Petals of One.  A useful review is found here http://jacketmagazine.com/37/r-zawacki-rb-shoemaker.shtml

Andrew Zawacki (Ph.D., Committee on Social Thought, Chicago) is the author of three poetry books: Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House), Anabranch (Wesleyan), and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia).  His latest book, Videotape, is due from Counterpath in 2013.  His work has appeared in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande), Walt Whitman hom(m)age, 2005/1855 (Turtle Point), The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (Iowa), Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner), and other anthologies, as well as in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Nation, and The New Republic.  Coeditor of Verse and of The Verse Book of Interviews (Verse), he has published criticism in the TLS, Boston Review, Talisman, How2, Open LetterNew German Critique, Australian Book Review, Religion and Literature, and elsewhere in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.  A former fellow of the Slovenian Writers’ Association, he edited Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 (White Pine) and edited and co-translated Aleš Debeljak’s new and selected poems, Without Anesthesia (Persea).  His translation, from the French, of Sébastien Smirou, My Lorenzo, is due from Burning Deck.  Zawacki has held fellowships from the Salzburg Seminar (Austria), Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Le Château de Lavigny (Switzerland), the Fulbright Foundation (Australia), the Rhodes Trust (England), the Millay Colony, the Saltonstall Foundation, and Bread Loaf.

Ben Lerner: Mean Free Path

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on September 8, 2011

On Friday September 16th from 3-5 in rm 116 of the Whitney Humanities Center, we will have our first session of the Yale Contemporary Poetics Group for the 2011-2012 academic year.  The focus of this discussion will be Mean Free Path, Ben Lerner’s third (and most recent book of poems). Lerner will give a reading on 9/29th and then join us on 9/30 to discuss his work (details for these and other WGCP events: https://wgcp.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/fall-2011-schedule/).   Here is the bio from his publisher:

Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. Lerner has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Howard Foundation Fellowship. In 2011 he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College.

His newest book is Leaving the Atocha Station, a novel that incorporates meditations on poetics and art as part of its structure. You can read more about it here: http://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Atocha-Station-Ben-Lerner/dp/1566892740

But since we focus on poetry, we’ll discuss the recent poetry collection, Mean Free Path. David Gorin has a terrific, thoughtful review of the book here:  http://jacketmagazine.com/40/r-lerner-rb-gorin.shtml ; and this goes very nicely with an interview by Aaron Kunin with Lerner available here: http://jacketmagazine.com/40/lerner-kunin.shtml. Karla Kelsey offers a very smart reading of Mean Free Path: http://www.constantcritic.com/karla_kelsey/mean-free-path/. And here is another useful review: http://criticalflame.org/verse/0910_pritchard.htm

A response to some earlier work of Lerner’s by Sarah Stone (under her nom du plume) is available here: http://jacketmagazine.com/37/stone-freeman-re-lerner.shtml.

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The Working Group in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics meets every other Friday at 3.00 PM in room 116 at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University to discuss problems and issues of contemporary poetry within international alternative and /or avant-garde traditions of lyric poetry. All are welcome to attend.

Fall 2011 Schedule

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WGCP Schedule, 2011 — Meetings  and Related Events
Subject to Change (check WGCP Minutes Archive or the WGCP Blog for the latest information)

The Beinecke Library / Whitney Humanities Center Working Group in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics meets Fridays at 3:00pm in room 116 at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, 55 Wall Street (the corner of Church and Wall); schedule changes and special group meeting times and locations will be noted below.

Rae Armantrout, Poetry Reading
Wednesday, September 14th, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting
Friday, September 16th, 3 p.m.
Readings: Ben Lerner Readings TBA

Ben Lerner, Reading
Thursday, September 29th, 7:00 pm
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edujustin.sider@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting, Ben Lerner Visit
Friday, September 30th, 3 p.m.
Readings: Ben Lerner Readings TBA

WGCP Meeting
Friday, October 14th, 3 p.m.
Readings: Claudia Rankine Readings TBA

Dan Beachy Quick, Poetry Reading
Thursday, November 3rd, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

Claudia Rankine, Reading
Thursday, November 10th, 7:00 pm
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edu, justin.sider@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting, Claudia Rankine Visit
Friday, November 11th, 3 p.m.
Readings: Claudia Rankine Readings TBA

SPRING

Susan Howe, Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 5th, 4:00pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

Yale Student Poets Reading
Tuesday, April 24, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Poetry Reading
Spring 2012, Date TBA
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edu, justin.sider@yale.edu

Elizabeth Willis, Poetry Reading
Spring 2012, Date TBA
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edu, justin.sider@yale.edu

The Correspondence of Robert Creeley

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on March 14, 2011

The Correspondence of Robert Creeley
a discussion led by editor Kaplan Harris

Friday, March 25, 3 p.m.
Location: Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street (Beinecke Class Visitor Guidelines)

Kaplan P. Harris is Associate Professor of English & director of the MA Graduate Program at St. Bonaventure University. Recent & forthcoming criticism appears in American Literature, Contemporary Literature, Artvoice, Wild Orchids, Paideuma, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Jacket2, & Postmodern Culture. He is editing, with Rod Smith & the Peter Baker, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (forthcoming in late 2011 from University of California Press).

Kaplan P. Harris is Associate Professor of English & director of the

MA Graduate Program at St. Bonaventure University. Recent &

forthcoming criticism appears in American Literature, Contemporary

Literature, Artvoice, Wild Orchids, Paideuma, The Poetry Project

Newsletter, Jacket2, & Postmodern Culture. He is editing, with Rod

Smith & the Peter Baker, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley

(forthcoming in late 2011 from University of California Press).

Kaplan P. Harris is Associate Professor of English & director of the
MA Graduate Program at St. Bonaventure University. Recent &
forthcoming criticism appears in American Literature, Contemporary
Literature, Artvoice, Wild Orchids, Paideuma, The Poetry Project
Newsletter, Jacket2, & Postmodern Culture. He is editing, with Rod
Smith & the Peter Baker, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley
(forthcoming in late 2011 from University of California Press).

Upcoming WGCP Related Events

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on February 9, 2011

The Graduate Poets’ Reading Series presents: Christian Hawkey
7:00 pm, Thursday, February 10th
Linsly-Chittenden, Room 317
63 High St., New Haven, CT

Christian Hawkey is the author of Petitions for an Alien Relative (a chapbook by hand held editions, 2010), Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Citizen Of (Wave Books, 2007), Hour, Hour, a chapbook which includes drawings by the artist Ryan Mrowzowski (Delirium Press, 2006), and The Book of Funnels (Verse Press, 2004), winner of the 2006 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In 2006 he was given a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award and he has also received awards from the Poetry Fund and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Books will be sold at the reading, Cash or Check Only. For more information, please email Justin Sider (justin.sider@yale.edu) or Sarah Stone (sarah.stone@yale.edu)

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New Writing in German / Neue Literatur at Yale

You are invited to a one-day set of workshops and readings by 6 of the best up-and-coming German, Austrian, and Swiss novelists. Please join the Yale Department of German on Friday, February 11th from 1-7pm in Room 309, Wiliam H. Harkness Hall,

as they welcome:

who will discuss their recent work and the state of the novel written in German today.

1:00pm-5:15pm        Workshops in German

5:30-7:00pm              Readings/ Roundtable in English

7:00                                        Reception/ Dinner

WGCP with David Shapiro

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on December 24, 2010

Post-session wrap up: Jim Berger talking to David Shapiro about Kenneth Koch. Annie Won looks for help. Friday, December 10, 2010.

Ann Lauterbach at Yale

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on October 11, 2010

WGCP Related Event:

Ann Lauterbach

The Given and the Chosen

Tuesday, October 12, 6pm

Yale School of Art: Sculpture Building, Studio 204

1156 Chapel Street

About Ann Lauterbach, from the Academy of American Poets (poets.org; Ann Lauterbach)

Ann Lauterbach was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she attended Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. She moved to London before completing her M.A. in English Literature.

She lived in London for eight years, working variously in publishing and art institutions. On her return to the U.S., she worked for a number of years in art galleries in New York before she began teaching.

Lauterbach is the author of several poetry collections, including Or to Begin Again (Penguin, 2009), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and which takes its name from a sixteen-poem elegy inspired by both Lewis Carroll‘s Alice and T. S. Eliot‘s The Wasteland. She is also the author of Hum (2005), If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000 (2001), On a Stair (1997), And for Example (1994), Clamor (1991), Before Recollection (1987), and Many Times, but Then (1979), as well as a book of essays, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience.

About her work, John Ashbery has said: “Ann Lauterbach’s poetry goes straight to the elastic, infinite core of time.”

She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and in 1995, she was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.

Lauterbach has taught at Brooklyn College, Columbia, Iowa, Princeton, and at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, where she has also been, since 1991, co-chair of writing in the Milton Avery School of the Arts. She is also a visiting core critic at the Yale Graduate School of the Arts.

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Hilary Kaplan on Angelica Freitas

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on October 6, 2010

On Friday, October  8 from 3-5 PM in room 116 of the Whitney Humanities Center the WGCP will be discussing the work of the Brazilian poet Angelica Freitas.  Specifically we will be reading a selection of poems from her book Rilke Shake. Our discussion that day will be shaped by the input of Hilary Kaplan, a WGCP member-at-large and Freitas’ American translator. Hilary’s  terrific essay on translating Freitas is available here: http://digitalartifactmagazine.com/issue2/Translating_Poems_from_Angelica_Freitas_Rilke_shake

The first two paragraphs provide a biography for this poet: Rilke shake (São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2007), a collection of 45 short poems, is the first book by the young Brazilian poet Angélica Freitas. The title, a pun on milkshake (which in Brazil’s vernacular means just what it does in English), indicates the book’s contents: poetry approached as a shake of languages, words, canonical tradition and a measure of delight, whirred in postmodernity’s ironic blender. The often first-person poems grapple with shaking off the influence of not only Rilke but also Shakespeare (the pun is not lost), Stein, Keats, Moore, Bishop, Bashō, Blake, Brodsky and Pound. In “não consigo ler os cantos” (“i can’t manage to read the cantos”) the speaker, established as female at the beginning of the book, asks the revolutionary and rhetorical question, “vamos nos livrar de ezra pound?/…/vamos nos livrar de mariane moore?” (“shall we free ourselves from ezra pound?/…/shall we free ourselves from marianne moore?”). Since she can’t shake free of these titans, she shakes them together with everything else real and imagined from her life—family, languages learned or overheard, travels, dreams, homeland, and so on—to see if anything tasty results.

Born 8 April 1973 in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Freitas studied journalism at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, then worked as a reporter in São Paulo. She now lives in Pelotas and Holland, where she is translating poetry and working on a second book. She has published poems in the Brazilian journal Inimigo Rumor, and in Diário de Poesía (Argentina) and aguasfurtadas (Portugal). A translation of “love (collage)” appeared in Issue 6 (Spring 2007), dedicated to Brazilian poetry, of the American poetry journal Aufgabe; translations into English of “What is a tschüsstschüss?” (“o que é um baibai?”) and “Love, a collage” can be found in the German online art magazine Hilda. Freitas’ work is also included in the anthology Cuatro poetas recientes de Brasil (Buenos Aires: Black & Vermelho, 2006). She co-edits the Brazilian poetry journal Modo de Usar & Co (in print and online at revistamododeusar.blogspot.com) and keeps her own blog, tome uma xícara de chá (loop.blogspot.com).

WGCP Schedule Fall 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on August 12, 2010

Tentative WGCP Schedule, Fall 2010 — Subject to Change
(check WGCP Minutes Archive or the WGCP Blog for the latest information)

WGCP Meeting
Friday, September 10 , 3 p.m.
Readings: OXO By Pierre Alferi

WGCP Meeting, Pierre Alferi Visit
Friday, September 17 , 3 p.m.
Readings: OXO By Pierre Alferi

Related Event: Jean Valentine Poetry Reading
Wednesday, September 29, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting: a Discussion of the work of Angélica Freitas, led by translator Hilary Kaplan
Friday, October 8, 3 p.m.
Readings: Angélica Freitas readings TBA; essay by Hilary Kaplan

WGCP Meeting
Friday, October 22, 3 p.m.
Readings: C. D. Wright work TBA

WGCP Meeting: C. D. Wright Visit
Friday, November 5, 3 p.m.
Readings: TBA

WGCP Meeting
Friday, December 3, 3 p.m.
Readings: David Shapiro work TBA

WGCP Meeting, David Shapiro Visit
Friday, December 10, 3 p.m.
Readings: TBA