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Canadian Poetry and Poetics in a Globalizing World keynote for Public Poetics


This paper engages with the changing scene of poetics and public culture in Canada since Manina Jones, Jessica Shagerl, Kristin Warder and I published our special issue of SCL/ECL on the topic in 2007. Calls for new modes of worldly inscription to engage with twenty-first century imaginaries associated with neoliberalism, alter-globalization, and decolonial social movements are leading poet-critics to describe our times as “in flux” (Miki 2011) and the audiences for poetry as “prismatic publics”(Eichorn and Milne 2009). Literary and cultural critics are struggling with the challenge of understanding poetic experimentation with modes of address appropriate to the compressed time-space relations of transnationalism and the associated fluidity and frictions of global engagements. I argue that in the “semiotic struggle” to control how reality is defined (Block, Gray and Holborow 2012: 38), poets have an important role to play. This paper will ask how Canadian-based poets, poet-critics, and their critics are responding to injunctions such as Charles’s Bernstein’s to “read globally, write locally” within the frames established by emergent critical imaginaries articulated as “globalectics” (Ngugi) and “planetarity” (Spivak). Many studies of globalization and literature tend to shortchange or ignore poetry. This talk will start to redress that imbalance.

The draft online advance paper may be read here in pdf

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