Wednesday, September 06, 2006

On the reading block

Immersed in course prep, introductions, various readings. Distracted by Joan Retallack. Reading everything by her from A Poethical Wager to Afterimages. You can hear Retallack here, but of course you are all familiar with Retallack's work.

Speaking of classrooms and Retallack. For anyone concerned about the institutionalization of poetry there are some lucid, thoughtful essays in the new Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary, ed. Juliana Spahr and Joan Retallack. Particularly affirmed by Lyn Keller's "The Centrifugal Classroom", but also Charles Bernstein, Lyn Hejinian, Jena Osman, Maria Damon, and more.

Jena Osman's name keeps coming up, so reading her more purposefully, and not just essays, but poetry.

Looking at this one again: Telling it Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s, ed. Mark Wallace and Steven Marks. Great essays in here. I've come back to this one again and again. Some Canadian content too: Lisa Robertson's "How Pastoral," which is a favorite, and an interesting one from Jeff Derksen on multiculturalism in Canada. Kristen Prevallet, Juliana Spahr, Harryette Mullen, Caroline Bergvall are all in here, and Liz Willis has an essay on lyric (a topic I am obsessed with still...), or "late lyric," as she writes.

This one is even more relevant to contemporary poetics as an international machine. Edited by Romana Huk, Assembling Alternatives has essays by Susan Rudy, Lisa Robertson, Carla Harryman, M. Nourbese Philip, Miriam Nichols, Bob Perelman, Jeff Derksen, Keith Tuma, Caroline Bergvall, etc.

The Open Letter issue on Kenneth Goldsmith. Goldsmith has so much to teach us in terms of articulating and realizing projects. Thoroughly modernist. Essays by Christian Bok on Soliloquy, derek beaulieu on fidget and Jason Christie on Day, interview by Caroline Bergvall (hilarious, must read), and this essay by Marjorie Perloff which outlines the history of Goldsmith's project The Weather.

Hazel Smith's The Writing Experiments.

derek beaulieu an after word after words, some notes on concrete poetry.

Je Nathaniel, both French and English versions (thanks Bookthug). Waiting on Touch to Affliction...

Lucy Brock Broido's The Master Letters. Hm...

Hazel Smith's The Writing Experiments.

Margaret Christakos, Sooner, Excessive Love...

Michael Palmer's Company of Moths.

Lisa Robertson's The Men and The Weather (does anyone look at this in connection with Goldsmith's text??).

Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life, the new book by Julia Briggs which I finally broke down and bought because I can't not have a book about Woolf. This one is actually fairly interesting. Briggs focuses each chapter on the creation of a specific text, and occasionally offers a good connection that I haven't seen before... There's just so much out there, and much of what Briggs offers is from either the diaries or the letters which are better sources in general. Why not be immersed in Woolf's voice?

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