Short Takes on Long Poems

Online now are video recordings from the Short Takes on Long Poems symposium, convened by Michele Leggott, Robert Sullivan, and Lisa Samuels at the University of Auckland earlier this year. I attended most of the first day of the symposium and heard many exciting presentations, such as Pam Brown’s excellent paper on Kevin Davies, John Tranter’s brief account of the entire history of poetry, Hazel Smith’s music and video collaborations, and Susan Schultz’s fascinating project (in collaboration with Jaimie Gusman and Evan Nagle) involving asking people to repeat lines of George Oppen’s Of Being Numerous. And there’s much more besides, including presentations from the likes of Lucas Klein, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Ann Vickery, and Jack Ross, all of which I sadly missed because I had to depart early. I’m therefore especially grateful for this wonderful online restaging. My own piece, “Long, Wide, Deep, Heavy,” attempted (with the assistance of Orchid Tierney) to measure some of the many dimensions of the long poem in its various media––from kilograms to kilobytes. Likewise, thanks to the tireless work of Brian Flaherty and others at the NZEPC, Short Takes on Long Poems gains new dimensions in this wonderful online restaging.


About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is associate professor in English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the author of Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia University Press, 2019), A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham University Press, 2012), and of numerous essays, which have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, Slavic Review, and The China Quarterly.
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