April 28, 2005
A contemporary poetry conference that includes the words “blogs” and “online” in its call for papers definitely deserves some of Grand Text Auto’s fat pipe. They’ve got a sweet URL, too.
CUNY Conference on Contemporary Poetry
Graduate Center, City University of New York
November 3-6 2005
Abstracts due: September 15, 2005.
The CUNY Conference on Contemporary Poetry, sponsored by the department of Comparative Literature, Graduate Center, City University of New York, will take place November 3-6, 2005. We are seeking papers on a variety of topics that address, and perform, the current state of poetry. (By “current” we understand the period from 1984 on, with an emphasis on the present day.) We encourage creative approaches to issues of poetics, criticism, and translation. We also plan for panels that showcase English translations of contemporary poetry. Some suggestions for topics are included below, but prospective participants should not feel in any way limited to these categories:
- critical discussion of contemporary poets
- poetics/theory (vs. textual study)
- poetic knowledge: poetry vs. theory/philosophy
- poetry in translation
- polyglot poetry
- unreadable poetry
- dissemination & print culture / early vs. contemporary / online poetry: blogs, lists, etc.
- evaluating poetry: the role of the critic / self-critical movements / the new poet-critic
- roles of narrative
- new formalisms
- the contemporary lyric
- hybrid genres
- new media poetry
- poetry as a political gesture/activist poetry
- the relation of poetry to everyday life
- how the poem addresses/engages the reader
- influence/dissonance between poetic movements / evolution of poetic movements
Please submit a one-page abstract to poetryconference [at] gmail.com. If you are interested in forming a panel, please submit your proposal to the same address. For translations, please submit approximately two pages of translation work, as well as the poem(s) in the original language.
Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2005.