Issue Details: First known date: 2014 2014
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'This paper addresses long form poetry as non-fiction medium—specifically as biographical medium—discussing examples by writers such as Jordie Albiston, Susan Howe and Lyn Hejinian, to consider the diversity of ways in which poets are writing/documenting the lives of historical figures. My aim is to demonstrate how poetic biographies can extend our representations of these characters into new dimensions, using poetic play—the line, metaphor, frisson, juxtaposition, space and rhythm—to convey aspects of character and experience in innovative and exciting ways. I propose an extension of non-fiction writing into the poetic form as a way towards addressing historical inaccuracies and aporias, thus not only opening a space for the representation of marginal voices, but offering new frameworks for life writing.' (Publication abstract)

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  • Epigraph:

    move over Herodotus

    move over Thuc’

    move over Arthur Schlesinger

    move over logographers and chroniclers

    and compulsive investigators

    for the poets are

    marching again

    upon the hills

    of history

    Ed Sanders (1975: 5)

    normative language necessarily reduces truly new thinking—

    Cole Swenson (2011: 65)

    I can spread historical information words and words we can never touch hovering around subconscious life where enunciation is born in distinction from what it enunciates when nothing rests in air when what is knowledge?

    Susan Howe (1998: 111)

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