Sean Bonney’s iterations

I’ve just added a new post to my Jacket2 commentary. Today’s post is on Sean Bonney’s rewritings of Baudelaire and Rimbaud and the possibility of a revolutionary poetics of iteration. I also compare Bonney’s rewritings to those of Christian Bök. The video below (also included in the post) is from Bonney’s reading at the launch of Happiness: Poems after Rimbaud, which I was lucky enough to attend in London last year. The launch was also my introduction to the Association of Musical Marxists.


About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is author of A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham UP, 2012). His articles have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, The China Quarterly, the Slavic and East European Journal, and Russian Literature. He is editor (with Henry Johnson and Jacqueline Leckie) of Recentring Asia: Histories, Encounters, Identities (Brill / Global Oriental, 2011), and editor and translator (with Hilary Chung) of Yang Lian’s Unreal City: A Chinese Poet in Auckland (Auckland University Press, 2006). For more, see:
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