F142. The Return of Aphrodite’s Daughter: Rhetoric in Contemporary Poetry

Room 403 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Persuasion is Aphrodite's daughter: It is she who beguiles our mortal hearts. So wrote Sappho 2,600 years ago, and rhetorical figures persist as the structural foundation of many memorable lines of poetry—from Mark Doty to Terrance Hayes to Lyn Hejinian. After a successful panel in Seattle, five contemporary poets return to discuss five different rhetorical figures, such as apostrophe, litotes, negatio, and prosopopeia, as they exist in their own poems and in those of poets they admire.



Sharon Dolin is the author of six poetry books, most recently: Manual for Living, Whirlwind, and Burn and Dodge, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She directs Writing About Art in Barcelona and the Center for Book Arts Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Phillis Levin is the author of five collections, most recently Mr. Memory & Other Poems, and editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. Her honors include a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA.

Rosanna Warren teaches in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her books include Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry and Ghost in a Red Hat (poems). She received the Award of Merit in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Christina Pugh's third book of poems is Grains of the Voice. Her fourth book, Perception, is forthcoming. The recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, she is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and consulting editor for Poetry.

Blas Falconer is the author of The Foundling Wheel and A Question of Gravity and Light. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, he teaches at the University of Southern California and in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University.


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