F176. A Shapelesse Flame: The Nature of Poetry and Desire

Scott James Bookfair Stage, Washington State Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, February 28, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Desire, said Coleridge, is the reflex of our earthly frame. But when it comes to the writing of contemporary poetry, exactly what is the nature of desire? Is a successful poem an example of life’s longing for itself, driven by independent will? How is the energy of a poem like human desire itself? How can human desire best be expressed in poetry? This panel of two American poets and two UK poets will attempt to engage in a dialogue on these important questions.



Tim Liardet is the author of nine collections of poetry, including To the God of Rain, The Blood Choir, Priest Skear, and The Storm House. He has reviewed poetry for many UK journals including The Guardian, PN Review, and Poetry Review. He is professor of Poetry at Bath Spa University

Gerard Woodward’s novels include Nourishment, August, and I’ll Go to Bed at Noon, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is also a poet (winner of a Somerset Maugham Award and twice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize) and is Professor of Fiction at Bath Spa University, England.

Carrie Etter, the author of three collections of poetry, The Tethers, Divining for Starters, and Imagined Sons, edited Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets. She is senior lecturer (associate professor) in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Danielle Pafunda's books of poetry include Manhater, Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies, My Zorba, and the forthcoming Natural History Rape Museum. She teaches at the University of Wyoming.

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.


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