Politics and Poetics in Contemporary Poetry: Visibility, Anger, Bodies and Resistance (SSAWW, 11/7-11/11/18, Denver CO)

deadline for submissions: 
February 9, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Alice Rutkowski
contact email: 

Please email, to Dr. Alice Rutkowski (rutkowsk@geneseo.edu), by Fri Feb 9 an attached Word document that includes: 1) title of paper with 250-300 word abstract 2) contact information 3) a brief bio statement (no longer than 60 words) and 4) any a/v requirements. Decisions will be made by Mon Feb 12 in time for scholars to – if need be- submit to the general call deadline of Feb Feb 16.


Politics and Poetics in Contemporary Poetry: Visibility, Anger, Bodies and Resistance

This panel is interested in contemporary poetry that engages viscerally with the political, and particularly poetry that connects the tangible and flexible elements of form to issues of embodiment and identity. How is the idea of the “woman writer” -or more broadly, the gendered body - connected to current political poetry? can the yearning to be seen be politically productive? For example, the editor of Troubling the Line, a recent trans and genderqueer poetry anthology notes, “At a certain point I lost count of how many of our authors felt so emboldened by the visibility of this publication of this anthology offered them that they actually underwent an author name change in the midst of the editing process.” But visibility, per se, is no simple cure. As Claudia Rankine writes in Citizen, about the uses of anger: “this kind of anger is really a type of knowledge: the type that both clarifies and disappoints. It responds to insult and attempted erasure simply by asserting presence, and the energy required to present, to react, to assert is accompanied by visceral disappointment: a disappointment in the sense that no amount of visibility will alter the ways in which one is perceived (24).” Papers exploring the connection between identity and embodiment with the current political moment are particularly welcome in this consideration of the increasing visibility of poetry and resistance in our news and newsfeeds.