I was delighted to learn that my proposal, "Endangered Music: Formal Poetry in the 21st Century," has been accepted to AWP 16's program in LA. The all-star panel includes Annie Finch, Timothy Steele, Amanda Johnston, and Dean Kostos. Our topic follows.
are the consequences of what Brad Leithauser has termed the "metrical
illiteracy" of contemporary poetry in the U.S.? Poetry readership here has
diminished, in contrast to the vitality of poetry in countries where formal
poetry is strong. Offering controversial views from a now minority aesthetic, panelists
will discuss why basic knowledge of metrical analysis and prosody has waned and why accentual forms such as spoken word are popular. We will demonstrate
the essential role of music in poetry today and as a tool vital to
understanding poetry of the past.
If you are in LA next AWP, I invite you to join us.
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