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Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Beinecke Library / Whitney Humanities Center Working Group in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (WGCP).

Interested members of the Yale University community are invited to join the Beinecke Library / Whitney Humanities Center Working Group in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (WGCP). The Group meets every other Friday at 3:00 p.m. in room B 04 of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University (the corner of Church and Wall) to discuss problems and issues of contemporary poetry within international alternative and / or avant-garde traditions of lyric poetry.

The WGCP regularly invites visiting scholars and poets to join the group discussion; guests have included Susan Howe, Jacques Jouet, John Yau, and Charles Bernstein. WGCP discussions take the work of modernist masters in the European and American traditions and a variety of more recent poetries and poetic theories from around the world as their primary subject. The group's conversations consistently assess the shifting relationship between poetry and other forms of discourse (including criticism, philosophy, politics, mathematics, medicine, history, and art history), as well as the way poetry engages innovative thinking in other arts (cinema, music, painting, architecture).

Consequently, the concerns that animate our biweekly discussions vary greatly (see an archive of our minutes at: WGCP Minutes Archive).The WGCP readings in 2005-2006 included E. Pound/Fenellosa, C. Olson, L. Niedecker, G. Stein, U. Dydo, E. Hocquard, M. Deguy, A. Schwerner, A. Lauterbach, J-M Gleize and F.T. Marinetti. Guests included Michael Deguy, Emmanuel Hocquard, Cole Swensen, Jean-Marie Gleize, Ulla Dydo, Paolo Valesio and Ann Lauterbach.

To receive announcements about the WGCP's meetings and events via e-mail, subscribe to the group's list at WGCP List-serv.

WGCP co-coordinators: Richard Deming (English Dept.), Nancy Kuhl (YCAL Beinecke), and Jean Jacques Poucel (French Dept.).


WGCP Meeting Minutes Archive


Minutes from Selected Recent Meetings

Nathaniel Tarn, Selected Poems: 1950-2000 and Tarn Visit
Meeting Minutes & Meeting Minutes (visit)

Nathaniel Mackey, Paracritical Hinge and Splay Anthem and Mackey Visit
Meeting Minutes & Meeting Minutes (visit)

Jerome Rothenberg, Writing Through and Rothenberg Visit
Meeting Minutes
Ibis Editions, Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole Visit
About Ibis Editions

August 25, 2006


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