Defining poetry

Screenshot 2014-09-30 21.28.41I’ve been anything but quick in answering Katie Price’s “quick question” on Jacket2. Now, my response finally joins those of Amy Catanzano, Bob Perelman, and Brian M. Reed. Each of us was asked to write a 500-word response to the question: “What is at stake in/when defining poetry?” Many thanks to Katie Price for inviting me to join the conversation. I also recommend checking out the responses to her other quick questions, the second of which is: “What is the relationship between Conceptual art and conceptual writing?” For more on this question, look out for Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, edited by Andrea Andersson, and forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press (the book builds on the exhibition of the same name that originally opened at the MCA Denver in 2012 and that has since been touring).

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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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