Ezra Pound and his Palpable Poetics of Environment in The Cantos: The Making Visible of Ideas

deadline for submissions: 
January 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The Ezra Pound Society for ALA 2018 San Francisco, May 24-27
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“Ezra Pound and his Palpable Poetics of Environment in The Cantos: The Making Visible of Ideas”

Ezra Pound Society, American Literary Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018.

One of Ezra Pound’s widely quoted ars poetica chides “Learn of the green world what can be thy place / in scaled invention or true artistry” (Canto LXXXI). Striving to learn in L’Ezruveristà of his own poetry, criticism, and correspondence, Ezra Pound writes “green worlds,” and thus, environments. The environments he creates and uncovers are varied and palpable: physical, historical, political, social.  Yet, even writing more abstractly of the psychological, the interpersonal, or the imaginative and paradisiacal, he bemoans that he fails when he doesn’t bring it back to the environment: the wind and the world, the materiality of his crafting, the care and attention of those he loves (Canto LXX).

The Ezra Pound Society solicits proposals that address for a panel at the ALA conference in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018.  Proposals may engage a broad lens of human and natural environment: place and landscape, the urban, embodiment, physicality, sexuality, the biological, entropy, the place of the poet in culture, and others.

Please submit 250-word proposals no later than January 30, 2018 to LeeAnn Derdeyn at LDerdeyn@SMU.edu with the header “ALA Proposal.”  Please attach your abstract as a Word document and also paste the text into your e-mail message. Acceptances will be issued by February 12, 2018.