113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry (co-sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)

Session Chair: 
Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside
Session 7: Saturday 10:20-11:50am
Skyline III (PH-ET)


  1. Olga Aksakalova, LaGuardia Community College CUNY
    My paper examines the textual evolution of Life Studies to trace Lowell’s effort to engage his readers and his deceased parents as active interlocutors in dialogue. I argue that the mode of conversation illuminates the deeply traumatic genesis and reparative potentialities of Lowell’s autobiographical engagement.
  2. Grzegorz Kosc, University of Warsaw (Poland)
    This paper will raise question about the importance of experiencing some of Lowell's poems in their materiality as archival objects.  With the poem "Onion Skin" (later published Notebooks 1967-68) as an example, I will demonstrate that the material qualities of paper Lowell was using, his sensory experience of the typed text as well as of multiple versions of poems stacked and showing through, not only became a subject of his poetic inquiry, but also--more crucially--drove the poetic process and his revisions.
  3. Bronwen Tate, Stanford University
    At a time when the serious (read ambitious) poet was expected to write a major (read lengthy) work, Robert Creeley chose instead the intensity of focus that a short poem offers. In this paper, I propose that Creeley uses poetic brevity, and especially the semantic estrangement brought about by his short lines, to create a heightened sense of language that refracts readers back to an awareness of their own presence and embodiment in the repeatedly insisted “here” of the poem.
Session Cancelled: