Sound in and of American Poetry, a panel at ALA 2014, Washington DC, May 22-25

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Seth Forrest / Coppin State University
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Sound in and of American Poetry

Upon analyzing Hart Crane's habit of composing lines of poetry while drunkenly listening to the same song over and over on his Victrola, Brian Reed says:
"Poets, after all, listen to the world around them. Their verse records not only what they hear but how they hear it. The job of the critic is to unpack the interdependency of that 'what' and 'how' in the name of achieving a more accurate account of the poetry, its genesis, and its significance." We seek abstracts for a panel (or round table, depending on submissions) at the 25th Annual Conference of the ALA that offers examples of the kind of sonic unpacking and close listening that Reed describes. Seeking to plumb the intersections between sound studies and American poetry, we are interested in papers that demonstrate innovative approaches to form and prosody (the sound of…) or that otherwise explore the ways in which American poetry "records" what poets hear and how they hear it.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to by Friday, January 15. Use ALA Sound Poetry as the subject line.

American Literature Association
25th Annual Conference
May 22-25, 2014
Hyatt Regency Washington
on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington DC 20001