CFP: Mixed Media in Contemporary Poetry (9/1/05; NEMLA, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Barbara Fischer
contact email: 

Northeast Modern Language Association Convention


March 2-5, 2006


Mixed Media in Contemporary Poetry


This panel seeks to address the heterogeneity of contemporary poetry about visual, musical, and other media. The other arts are a perennial source of inspiration and provocation for poets, but recent years have seen a boom in interart work by poets of all persuasions. Poetic interest in envoicing, riffing off, or interpreting other media crosses factional lines, and the poetry that has emerged is as diverse as the contemporary poetic field itself—from sonnet sequences to dialogues to verbal collages to graphic hypertexts. These responses to other media reflect a wide spectrum of poetic stances, whether the poet participates in the venerable tradition of ekphrasis, or in the long history of visual-verbal interactions in avant-garde canons. Moreover, poets are drawing on sources not limited to easel painting, turning also to film, video, performance art, music, dance, TV, radio, and electronic media. One recent ekphrastic collection, Mary Jo Bang's The Eye Like a Strange !
 (2004), addresses works in drywall, polyester, charcoal, Styrofoam, aluminum chairs, burlap, plaster, lacquer, and photomontage. Other recent books, including Mark Doty's School of the Arts (2005), Terri Witek's Fools and Crows (2003), Debora Greger's Western Art (2004), and Claudia Rankine's Don't Let Me Be Lonely (2004), take visual media as a focal point, dominant theme, or guiding trope. This panel will address the range of new uses of interart aesthetics, construing experimentalism and innovation in the broadest possible terms. Papers that address twenty-first century examples are of special interest, but papers that consider later twentieth-century poetry, or that address particular interart trends in the context of postmodernity or post-postmodernity, are also welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, ekphrasis, interart collaborations, collage aesthetics, mixed-media performance, poetry and public art, interart allegiances and networks, poetic use!
 s of
 advertising media, poetry and comics, and interart publishing and bookmaking.


Please email 1-2 page abstracts by September 1, 2005 to:

Barbara Fischer, Ph.D.


All accepted panelists must be members of NEMLA by October 15, 2005.


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Marymount College of Fordham University

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