February 8, 2008

Radical Poetics

A jam-packed weekend of experimental poetry -- with Lyn Hejinian, Joan Retallack, and more -- right here in Portland!

Friday 2/8: Symposium & readings at PSU
Saturday 2/9: Symposium & readings at Lewis & Clark
Sunday 2/10: Spare Room reading

details follow

Friday, February 8
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Lyn Hejinian, Joan Retallack, Hank Lazer, Marjorie Perloff

Symposium on Radical Poetics and Avant-Garde Poetry

Portland State University, Smith Memorial Union, Room 238
Free admission

Perloff will offer a critical perspective on the tradition of avant-garde or experimental writing, and each of the three poets will give a brief reading. An open conversation with the participants will follow.

Saturday, February 9
1:00 - 5:00 pm

What's the Use of Poetry?
Two poets and a critic attend to experiments with language and form—the “radical artifice” of contemporary poetries—in search of what it means to live in the complexity of today’s world.

Lewis & Clark College, Smith Hall
Free admission

1:00 - 2:00
Unoriginal Genius: A Genealogy
With Reflections on the Poetics of Lyn Hejinian and Joan Retallack
(Lecture by Marjorie Perloff)

2:15 - 3:30
Poetry Readings by Joan Retallack (2:15-2:50) & Lyn Hejinian (2:55-3:30)

3:45 - 4:45
Panel Discussion: Marjorie Perloff, Joan Retallack, Lyn Hejinian
with a reception & book signing to follow