Author Archives: poetics

BARGE: Detouring the Everyday a Talk/Performance/Workshop with David Buuck

Thursday, March 24, 2011
5:00PM to 8:30PM
Room 5417

@ CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street)
free! open to the public!

BARGE – the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics – has organized several (de)tours, actions, and installations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, investigating regional sites and spaces that are underrepresented and overlooked in more conventional touristic, commercial, & socio-political notions of place and publicspace. BARGE’s various projects draw from artistic domains such as performance art, experimental poetry, site-specific art, and psychogeography, in order to investigate the pressing political issues of environmentalism, surveillance, gentrification, and ongoing struggles over public space. Using photographs, performance documentations, writing, and performance, Buuck’s talk will guide usthrough a wide range of artistic tactics for writers, artists, and activists to think critically about the politics of contemporary space and writing.

Workshop: For the workshop, Buuck will lead an intensive seminar of collaborative writing, using a wide range of methods to help participants critically and creatively engage the urban environments we live in. Working with techniques drawn form the fields of documentary poetics, geography, conceptual and site-specific art, and
others, participants will work together to move from creating a set of inquiries to the investigative modes of research and writing that might help extend their work off the page and out of the classroom, into more direct encounters with urban histories, politics, and the experience of everyday life.

David Buuck is a writer and artist who lives in Oakland, CA. He isthe founder of BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, the author of The Shunt (Palm Press 2009), and the editor of Tripwire, a journal of poetics. From 2003-2009 he was contributing editor at Artweek, and since 2007 has been board president of Small Press Traffic, a literary arts nonprofit based in San Francisco. He teaches writing at Mills College and Bard College, and works as a freelance editor and critic.

Conversation: Apocryphal Lorca: Translation, Parody, Kitsch

March 23, Wednesday, 7pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre

co-sponsored by AELLA, the Doctoral Students’ Council, the Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, and the Poetics Group


Federico García Lorca’s poetry and poetics have been translated and creatively reimagined by generations of American poets. How can we begin to account for his legacy? Join Professor Jonathan Mayhew (Spanish and Portuguese, University of Kansas), author of the study Apocryphal Lorca: Translation, Parody, Kitsch (2009), poet David Shapiro, and poet and translator Mark Statman for a discussion of Lorca’s work and his impact on American literature.

Spring Events – Planned to Date

Events Spring 2011

February 24: Chris Kraus : Where Art Belongs 6:30 in the James Gallery
February 25: Susan Howe in conversation with Stefania Heim – at 5:30 in the
James Gallery
March 23: Jonathan Mayhew, David Shapiro and Mark Statman in conversation about
Federico García Lorca’s poetic afterlife in English translation. 7:00 in the
Segal Theater
March 24: Workshop with David Buuck
April 29: Joan Richardson and Joan Retallack in conversation
May: Revels Reading by GC students and faculty

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TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice

This series of talks on queer poetics, curated by Tim Peterson (Trace) and titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between queer theory, poetic manifesto, poetic practice, and pedagogy. For more information, visit the Tendencies website.

Spring 2011 Schedule:

March 9 – Christopher Nealon, Ana Bozicevic, Gregory Laynor & Astrid Lorange
March 28 – Barbara Hammer, Maggie Nelson, and Janlori Goldman
April 4 – Jack Halberstam, Rob Halpern, and Brenda Iijima
May 9 – Mary Baine Campbell, Ronaldo Wilson, and Paul Foster Johnson


The Poetics Group is looking forward to this event tomorrow night, sponsored by the Center for Humanities:
October 15, Friday, 6:00pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre
Diane di Prima
Join the iconic poet and activist Diane di Prima for a rare New York City appearance. Graduate Center Professor Ammiel Alcalay will engage her in a conversation about her work and life after her reading. Over the span of her remarkable career, di Prima has published 43 books of poetry and prose and, as per Allen Ginsberg, “broke barriers of race-class identity and delivered a major body of verse brilliant in its particularity.” She is presently the Poet Laureate of San Francisco. A two-volume Lost & Found chapbook selection of her lectures on poets H.D. and Robert Duncan will be available for purchase on the night of the event.

Staging Elizabeth Bishop’s Letters: Performance Workshop

In anticipation of the centenary celebrations of Bishop’s birth in 1911 and in connection with the upcoming publication of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence (forthcoming in 2011 by Farrar Strauss Giroux), editor and poet Joelle Biele is developing a staged theatrical performance of Bishop’s letters. Biele and performers will present the script at the Grad Center on OCTOBER 5 as a work-in-progress. Following the performance, moderator Leah Souffrant will invite audience members to evaluate the translation of the epistolary to the performed, letter writing as performance, and the relationships between writers, editors, and their audience.

May Revels Reading

This spring’s semi-annual end-of-semester poetry reading to kick off the Revels celebration was a multi-genre, multi-lingual romp, hosted by MC John Harkey. Featuring:
Ashley Dawson
Leah Souffrant
Sara Jane Stoner
Corey Frost
Margaret Carson
Nikolina Nedeljkov
Livia Woods
Rowena Kennedy-Epstein

A (Soma)tic Writing Workshop with CAConrad

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
5:00PM to 7:30PM
Room 5414
open to the public

Join the GC Poetics Group for a [creative] writing workshop!
No advance reading or preparation required.

“In this frantic, routine-driven world we need freedom from regimented (poetry) writing, and a healthy dose of walking the space between Soma (spirit) and Somatic (body). Using gemstones, trees, and the city itself, we will create deliberate, sustained physical manipulations to generate language to write.”

This workshop will begin with a short talk by CAConrad on the process of (Soma)tic writing, followed by a reading of some of his (soma)tic works. Conrad will then lead us through our own (soma)tic exercise, and by the end of the session, all participants will have a new draft of a piece of writing to work with, and time to consult with Conrad and participate in a collective rendering of the afternoon’s work.

CAConrad is the recipient of The Gil Ott Book Award for The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009). He is also the author of Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press, 2008), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). Conrad has taught (Soma)tic Writing Workshops at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Small Press Traffic in San Francisco, CA, and locally in and around the Philadelphia area.


Join poet and editor Annie Finch, along with contributors to the anthology Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form, for a lively discussion of how contemporary poets use and understand forms. The conversation, like the book, will juxtapose traditional formalism and Flarf, the American long poem and native Hawaiian poetry, rhyme in Paul Muldoon and textual variability in New Media poetry, Susan Howe and Lucinda Roy, jazz and Asian American poetics, and much more. Featuring Marilyn Hacker, Patricia Smith, Tyler Hoffman, and Stefania deKenessey. Presented by the Center for the Humanities and the GC Poetics Group. Moderated by Corey Frost.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010. 6:30 pm. At the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue New York, Rm. 9206.
Multiformalisms : Postmodern Poetics of Form. (Essays. Edited by Annie Finch and Susan M. Schultz. Textos Books.)