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).


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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