R116. Eco-Spectacular Vision: Post-pastoral Poetics in the 21st Century

Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Somewhere between when Frank O'Hara wrote "it is more important to affirm the least sincere; the clouds get enough attention as it is and even they continue to pass" to Jane Griffiths writing in Orion that "a series of artifices has caused climate collapse," a paradigm of poetics has shifted in ways that shake the roots of the pastoral away from myths of Arcadia to what William Empson has written is “the process of putting the complex into the simple." Five vital poets and editors explore.



Ravi Shankar is Executive Director of Drunken Boat and the author/editor/publisher of eight books or chapbooks of poetry, including W.W. Norton & Co's Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the MIddle East & Beyond. He teaches at CCSU and City University of Hong Kong.

G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, a lyric collaboration with John Gallaher; The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, co-edited with Joshua Corey; and a chapbook, Susquehanna. He teaches at Bucknell University and edits West Branch.

Arielle Greenberg is co-author of Home/Birth: A Poemic; author of My Kafka Century and Given; and co-editor of three anthologies, including Gurlesque. She teaches in the University of Tampa MFA and out of her home and writes a column on poetics for the American Poetry Review.

Melissa Tuckey's book Tenuous Chapel was chosen by Charles Simic for the 2012 ABZ First Book Poetry Prize. Her work has been recognized with support from DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, and by the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.

Marcella Durand’s most recent books are Deep Eco Pre, a collaboration with Tina Darragh; AREA; and Traffic & Weather, a site-specific poem written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in downtown Manhattan.


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