This panel explores the sense of place as part of the indigenous language of American artistic production of Modernism in the context of the European avant-garde. Though U.S. poets and artists were influenced by the formal techniques of Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism, they were also determined to search for the essence of an expressive language that defined its authenticity as opposed to European foreignness. One of their avenues of research was the exploration of the distinctive features of the American soil as a means of contributing novel aspects to modern aesthetics. The genuine character of the environment is closely linked to the strong attachment to rural or urban spaces and the value they acquire for the observer.
We are also looking for poetry submissions related to our Call for Papers! Feel free to share this call with colleagues from the arts!
Past poetic texts grant contemporary poets opportunities for re-viewing, re-stating, re-casting, re-structuring, and re-iterating ideas and emotions. From Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style to Paul Hoover’s Sonnet 56, poets re-state classic human concerns about life and death, joy and sorrow. “Conversations with the Past” invites both scholarly and poetic submissions. You may submit a proposal for an analysis of contemporary poets who have re-viewed and re-vised past masters using contemporary poetics, or, alternatively, you may submit a proposal for a creative reading of your own poetry that reviews and revises past masters using contemporary poetics (or some hybrid version of a poetry reading and analysis presentation).
This panel seeks any and all papers on poetry and poetics, especially in relation to this year's theme of sight, visuality, and ways of seeing.
Individual paper presentations will be between 15 and 20 minutes long. Please submit proposals via the online system by June 26, 2017. The PAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at the lovely Chaminade University of Honolulu (with the official conference hotel being the Ala Moana) from Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12.
Paper proposals must be made via our online system found here:
Born in Pittsburgh in 1925, Gerald Stern is one of America’s most prominent, vibrant, and idiosyncratic contemporary poets. He is the author of eighteen collections of poetry (most recently Galaxy Love, W.W. Norton, 2017) and four collections of essays (most recently Death Watch, Trinity UP, 2017) and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Wallace Stevens Award and the 2014 Frost Medal. He has established himself as a distinctive voice that is accessible and sophisticated, gregarious and visionary. This roundtable will provide a lively critical examination of Stern’s work from a variety of perspectives and then invite discussion.
The proposal H.R. 861, a bill recently introduced to terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, prompts us to address the directions of ecocritical discourse in order to attend to the current material-specific, aesthetic, and rhetorical renderings of changing landscapes on a warming planet. What kind of citizenry is possible in environments overflowing with toxic waste? How do fossil fuels shape the imaginaries of urban and rural ecologies? What are the limits and possibilities of forensic and material analyses to shed light on catastrophic degradations of the environment without recuperating or fabricating disgust?
Call for papers: Erasure (FPC n° 14)
Erasure in poetry can take on various aspects. It can be the result of the poet’s revising her own work, or of a manipulation, possibly distortion, of an existing work. In the first case, it is part of the way a text is improved by being made more concise, more compact, and so more powerful. In the second, it can be either a textual substraction (we can think on Ezra Pound’s work on T.S. Eliot’s Waste Land), or a rewriting of the source text so as to remove part of its content and its form and so change its formal and semantic mechanisms.
Call for papers: The Sentence (FPC n° 13)
The sentence is defined as the linguistic unit that makes up most texts, whether poetic or not; it is structured into an autonomous shape in which lexical elements are organised along syntactic relations and offer a semantic unity which is in turn inscribed in the text’s logical and discursive organisation.
As a formal element in the poetic text, the sentence is here viewed as offering two sides: its syntactic dimension and its textual function. In the context of poetic modernity these two dimensions are subjected to developments and experimentations that can contribute to the formal statute of poeticity.
‘Writing Romantic Lives’A One Day Postgraduate Symposium, hosted by Romanticism @ Edge Hill University & Keele UniversityCFP for a one-day postgraduate symposium on 25th November 2017 ‘The best part of human language, properly so called, is derived from reflection on the acts of the mind itself.’ – S. T. Coleridge This postgraduate conference is held in celebration of the 200th anniversary of S. T. Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria (1817), an experimental combination of life writing, philosophy, and literary criticism.
Pomona Valley Review is looking for poetry, short fiction, and artwork for our 11th issue this July. PVR needs quality work from undergraduates, graduates, and professionals alike from any college campus, but all are welcome to submit. Quality is our only criterion. Please see our website for details on submitting online and for free versions of previous issues. Deadline is May 31st.