What happens when we speak about poetry, rather than poems? It has long been customary, in thinking and writing about poetry, to make claims on behalf of the art form in general which few if any individual poems can justify or substantiate.
POETRY & POETICS seminars include readings, author talks and critical papers by eminent Australian and international poets and critics.
The argument of this paper is that world literature is an ideal concept that yet awaits realisation.
Emily Dickinson and the Cultural Conversation of Alternative Faiths. This paper examines Emily Dickinson’s growing ambivalence towards the afterlife in the light of her exposure to faiths and philosophies (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Islam) that emerged from obscurity in nineteenth-century America.
Ellen van Neerven and Michael Mohammed Ahmad discuss the intersections between race, faith, class, gender and sexuality in contemporary Australian literature.
This paper reflects on 28 in-depth interviews with celebrated Anglophone poets, including Rae Armantrout, Alison Croggon, Brook Emery, Kenneth Goldsmith, Medbh McGuckian, G.C. Waldrep, C.D. Wright and C.K. Williams. It focuses on responses to a question that split those poets into two opposed camps.
Esteemed American poet and critic Linda Gregerson discusses the craft of poetry with Writing & Society candidate Kate Middleton. Linda reads from her most recent poetry collection Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, followed by a Q&A.
Drawing on his just published scholarly book, Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796-1945, Dr Michael Farrell demonstrates a range of poetics employed by various Australian writers since (un)settlement:
Writer, curator and poet John Mateer discusses his recent art/historical project The Quiet Slave: a history in eight episodes in the context of his on-going interest in the nexus between scriptural traditions and migrations, voluntary and forced, in the Indian Ocean region.
Poetry and the Legacy of the Troubles. Northern Irish poetry has long been renowned for the representation and interrogation of political violence. Throughout the 25 years of the troubles a number of writers used their craft as a way of making sense of much of the traumatic nature of Northern Irish experience.
Object Habitats and Relational Aesthetics in the Poetry of Pam Brown and Astrid Lorange. The word ‘habitat’ is associated most often with living matter. Habitats are places of linkage; environments that sustain, and are built by, living things. But what happens when we think about poems as habitats for all and any thing, whether sentient or not?