R249. Rhyme Gone Radical, or Beyond the Hallmark Card

Room 408 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Rhyme (particularly end rhyme) sparked a heated debate among poets recently. One poet called it the worst thing still haunting us. Others dismissed it as hokey, antiquated, mawkish, and naive. But rhyme has gone fairly radical in recent poetry, and plenty of poets use rhyme in varied and unpredictable ways. Five poets, from diverse aesthetic and cultural backgrounds, discuss rhyme's ongoing potency in their own work while arguing for its vital and inventive place in contemporary verse.



David J. Daniels is the author of Clean, winner of the Four Way Intro Prize and a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for poetry. He is also the author of two chapbooks, Indecency and Breakfast in the Suburbs. He teaches at the University of Denver.

Mary Austin Speaker is a poet and book designer. She is the author of The Bridge, Ceremony, 20 Love Poems for 10 Months, and a play—"I Am You This Morning You Are Me Tonight." She designs books and edits Society, a publication project about poetry and power.

Marilyn Nelson, a three-time National Book Award finalist and the recipient of the 2012 Frost Medal, is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets as well as poet in residence of the American Poets Corner at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Her most recently published books are My Seneca Village and American Ace.

Richie Hofmann is the author of Second Empire, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and a recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His poems appear in the New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, and other magazines. He is a doctoral candidate at Emory University.


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