Hybrid Poetry & Tertiary Pedagogy: Experimental Verse across the Disciplines

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Jason S Polley/Hong Kong Baptist University
contact email: 

CFP 2018: Essay Abstracts for a Collected Volume

  1. 1.      Title


Hybrid Poetry & Tertiary Pedagogy: Experimental Verse across the Disciplines 


  1. 2.      Background


Poetry, labelled by Wallace Stevens as “the supreme fiction” (1961), as the highest form of creative production, evidences the mastery of a target language, and by extension the instruction of a target language and a literary aesthetic.  Poetry, reified and increasingly instrumentalised today, is also used in various industries as a way of promoting empathy with a client or patient (as in the case of medical workers and practitioners) (Mazza and Hayton, 2013). Poetry is also increasingly used in the L2 classroom, as a means of supplanting the codified institutional with the creative personal. Hybrid poetry, so Cole Swensen delineates it (Swensen and St. John, 2009), transforms the protean elements of language; hybrid poetry expands–and discards even–the boundaries between traditional and experimental poetic forms. This formal blurring and blending is found in the works of established and emerging poets from Gertrude Stein, Robert Hass and Shirley Geok-lin Lim to Caroline Bergvall, Gajanan Mishra, and Mona Attamimi. From foundational forms such as found poetry as conceived by Walter Benjamin (1999) in the early 20th century, which is unique in that it collects existing lines (or pearls) from material production (verse, prose, film) in order to create new meaning, and William H. Burroughs and Brion Gysin’s (1978) version of hybrid poetry in their famous cut-ups; to more recent forms like what Joel E. Jacobson dubs “the almost-stories” of “elliptical” poetry and the bevy of work in erasure poetry (cf. Johnson, 2005, and Leung, 2017) the hybrid movement is, essentially (as Don Share once blogged), a new mainstream, a binary opposition, a third way (2008). Hybrid poetry places divergent forms and genres into conversation, positioning them within the current of contemporary poetry that now finds itself used in teaching and learning through, for example, the multitude of lesson plans published online for primary and secondary schools (NCTE, 2013; and William Victor, S.L., 2010). Little scholarly research, however, has so far been conducted concerning the contemporary usage of hybrid poetry vis-à-vis Teaching & Learning (Love, 2012), especially in universities in and beyond the Asian context.


  1. 3.      Purpose


Hybrid poetry facilitates the synthesising of existing language, scholarship, and pedagogy; and (to borrow from Bhabha’s own contemplations) is itself an “otherly” product, conceived from cultural tensions worldwide, and manifesting new meaning, new ways of understanding and thinking. Active (creative writing) educators, research students, and practitioners are invited to submit chapters for the forthcoming volume “Hybrid Poetry & Tertiary Pedagogy: Experimental Verse across the Disciplines” (Routledge has expressed early interest in such a volume, one whose direction will be refined once we’ve collected 15 or so quality abstracts).



  1. 4.      What we request


We solicit 5000 word essays that consider, combine, or supplement any of the following suggestive (rather than prescriptive) topics on hybrid poetry within the Teaching & Learning (T&L) paradigm:


  • Hybrid poetry produced in/for the university classroom
  • Hybrid poetry and T&L for the Humanities
  • Hybrid poetry and T&L in Asia
  • How (not) to teach a hybrid poem
  • Why (not) teach hybrid poetry?


And to a lesser extent:


  • Hybrid poetry and context (Mediated Discourse Analysis, Fish’s interpretive communities, Foucault’s knowledge/power; Bhabha’s dissemination and/or third space; Spivak’s subalternity; Fenkl’s literary interstices)


Examples of hybrid poetry may include (but are not limited to):


  • Prose poetry
  • Found poetry
  • Cleave poetry
  • Digital / virtual poetry
  • The avant-garde
  • Cento (resistance/reification in Antiquity)
  • Cut-ups (Burroughs/the Beats)
  • Experimental modes such as illogicality or fragmentation that follow the strict formal rules of, for instance, a sonnet or a villanelle
  • The composition of neologisms based in ancient traditions
  • Erasure poetry


  1. 5.      Submission instructions


  • By 1 October (in one document), please submit the following:
    • 300-word abstracts and representative bibliographies
    • Author name, institution and contact email address
    • Up to 5 keywords
  • By 1 January (for those whose abstracts are accepted), please submit the following:
    • A double-spaced high quality submission ready for blind-peer review


Please send submissions to either


Dean A. F. Gui, dean.a.f.gui@polyu.edu.hk or

Jason S. Polley, jspolley@hkbu.edu.hk




Benjamin, W. (1999). The Arcades Project. Rolf Tiedermann (Ed.). Howard Eiland and Kevin

McLaughlin (Trans.). Harvard, MA: Harvard University Press. (Original work published

in 1982).

Burroughs, W. S., and Gysin, B. (1978). The Third Mind. New York, NY: The Viking Press.

Jacobson, J.E. (2009). Hybrid poetry. A poetic matter.  Retrieved 20 March 2014 from


Johnson, Ronald (2005). Radi os. Chicago: Flood Editions. (Original work published in 1977).

Leung, Henry Wei (2017). Goddess of Democracy: An Occupy Lyric. Oakland: Omnidawn Press.

Love, C. T. (2012). Dialing into a circle of trust:  A “medium” tech experiment and poetic

evaluation. Teaching and learning from the inside out: Revitalizing ourselves and our institutions.

Margaret Golden (Ed.). New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 130, San Francisco, CA:

Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Mazza, N. F., and Hayton, C. J. (2013). Poetry therapy: An investigation of a multidimensional

clinical model. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 40 (1): 53-60.

NCTE. (2013). Found Poems/Parallel Poems. ReadWriteThink.org. Retrieved 15

Nov 2013 from http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/found-poems-parallel-poems-33.html?

Share, D. (2008). The hybrid-way or the highway. Harriet: a poetry blog. The Poetry

Foundation. Retrieved 29 Sept 2014 from http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2008/10/the-hybrid-way-or-the-highway/?woo

Stevens, W. (1961). Notes toward a Supreme Fiction. Joseph N. Riddel (Ed.). Wisconsin Studies

in Contemporary Literature. 2 (2): Studies of Recent Poetry (Spring - Summer), 20-42.

Swensen, C., and St. John, D. (eds.) (2009). American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New

Poetry. W. W. Norton & Co.

William Victor, S.L. (2010). How to write found poetry. Creative writing now. Retrieved 15 Nov

2013 from http://www.creative-writing-now.com/found-poetry.html


Further reading


Dubois, S., and François, P. (2013). Career paths and hierarchies in the pure pole of the literary

field: The case of contemporary poetry. Poetics. 41 (5): 501-523.
Facing history and ourselves. Found Poems. (2013). Facing history and ourselves. Retrieved 15

Nov 2013 from http://www.facinghistory.org/resources/strategies/found-poems

Myhill, D., and Wilson, A. (2013). Playing it safe: Teachers’ views of creativity in poetry

writing. Thinking Skills and Creativity. 10: 101-111.