Scott Thurston:Talking Poetics— Dialogues in Innovative Poetry
Published 15 September 2011
Paperback, 160pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
This is a book of full-length interviews with the poets Karen Mac Cormack,
Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Brady carried out between
2008 and 2009 in the UK and USA by Scott Thurston. During the course of these
conversations, the poets explore a huge range of topics likely to interest
anyone concerned with the state of innovative poetry today. Each interview
considers the complete oeuvre of each writer and includes detailed engagements
with selected texts as well as unfolding themes such as the role of innovation,
the politics of poetry and reflections on lyric and autobiography. Each interview
is footnoted and there is an extensive bibliography.
KAREN MAC CORMACK was born in 1956 in Zambia and holds dual Canadian and British citizenship. Until recently she lived in Montreal but now lives in Buffalo, New York State, where she teaches at SUNY. Mac Cormack has written fourteen books of poetry including Marine Snow (ECW Press, 1997), The Tongue Moves Talk (Chax and West House Books, 1997), At Issue (Coach House Books, 2001), Vanity Release (Zasterle, 2003), Implexures (Chax and West House Books, 2008) and recently published Tale Light: New and Selected Poems 1984 to 2009 (West House, 2010).
JENNIFER MOXLEY was born in 1964 in San Diego and lives in Orono, Maine where she works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine. She edited The Impercipient magazine and with Steve Evans, The Impercipient Lecture Series. Since 1997, she has worked as poetry editor for The Baffler magazine. Her books include The Sense Record (Edge, 2002), Imagination Verses (Salt, 2003), The Line (Post-Apollo Press, 2007) Clampdown (Flood Editions, 2009) and an autobiography entitled The Middle Room (Subpress, 2007).
CAROLINE BERGVALL was born in 1962 of French-Norwegian nationalities and has been based in England since 1989. She was the Director of Performance Writing, Dartington College of Arts (1994-2000) and an AHRC research fellow (2008-2010). Bergvall’s critical and poetic work are increasingly concerned with plurilingual writing, sited textwork and mixed-arts performance. Her books include Eclat (Sound & Language, 1996), Goan Atom (Krupskaya, 2001) and Fig (Salt, 2005), Cropper (2008), Plessjør (2008), Alyson Singes (Belladonna, 2008) and Meddle English (Nightboat Books, 2011)
ANDREA BRADY was born in Philadelphia in 1974. She studied at Columbia University and wrote a doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge on Renaissance funerary elegy. With Keston Sutherland she runs Barque Press, an important outlet for innovative poetry in the UK and she is director of the Archive of the Now, a major project documenting audio recordings of innovative writers. Brady’s works include Liberties (Barque, 1999), Vacation of a Lifetime (Salt, 2001), Cold Calling (Barque, 2004), Embrace (Object Permanence, 2005) and Wildfire (Krupskaya, 2010).
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