R276. Experimental Lyric

Room M100 B&C, Mezzanine Level
Thursday, April 9, 2015
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


What are the possibilities of the lyric in experimental/innovative poetry? What exactly do we mean by 'lyric' anyway? Is the lyric essentially lost to personal feelings, or is there a poetic mode we can call the lyric that expands beyond a personal subjectivity? These poets discuss the potential for lyric as a poetic mode, as a site of innovation, and as an expansion of the possibilities of experimental/innovative writing, exploring how the lyric informs their work and the work of others. 



Erica Mena is a poet and translator. Her books include Featherbone and The Eternonaut by H.G. Oesterheld and Solano Lopez. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Vanitas, and Words Without Borders. She is managing director of ALTA and founding editor of Anomalous Press.

Cole Swensen is the author of fourteen books of poetry and a book of critical essays, and the co-editor of the Norton anthology American Hybrid. A 2007 Guggenheim fellow, she is also a translator, and won the 2004 PEN USA Award for Literary Translation. She teaches in literary arts at Brown University. 

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of two hybrid memoirs (most recently, You Animal Machine) and seven books of poetry, including The California Poem. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant and the National Poetry Series award.


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