Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Issue (July 15, 2012)
JNT will mark the 2013 Centenary of Muriel Rukeyser's birth with a special issue devoted to her stunningly varied and provocative work. We invite submissions that deepen and complicate our understanding of Rukeyser's writings; her philosophical, poetic, and political commitments; her interest in the multiple connections between science and poetry; her articulation of an extended poetics in The Life of Poetry, which has yet to receive its due as a major modernist manifesto; her passionate response to technology; her life-long commitment to experimentalism in the context of an activist poetics; her investment in "extending the document," especially in the context of current documentary poetic practices; her role as a post-holocaust Jewish-American poet. Essays might explore lesser known of her works (among them the prose works on Willard Gibbs and Thomas Hariot, the long poem Ajanta, the musical Houdini, the fictionalized memoir Orgy) and/or engage Rukeyser's work, reception, and legacy in the context of recent cultural and literary theories (from post-humanism, ecological, and postcolonial theory to gender and queer theory) or contemporary poetic theories and practices (documentary poetics, orality, performativity, etc.). We will also consider experimental and "poetic" essays as well as poems under the influence of Rukeyser or in dialogue with her work.