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Saturday, October 6 • 9:00am - 10:25am
Poetic Resistance Lab

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This conversation considers contemporary forms of political resistance through an examination of poetry that deconstructs, misuses, and talks back to state policies and ideologies. We explore the oppositional stances that contemporary poetry takes in its relation to oppressive regimes and discuss our own everyday, poetic, and pedagogical practices of resistance.

In “The Uses of Poetry: Cuba’s Neoliberal Turn,” Candice Amich compares the differing definitions and uses of “poetry” in official versus independent spaces in order to articulate the shifting relationship between politics and aesthetics since the 1959 Cuban Revolution.

Keegan Cook Finberg’s “Poetry of State-Sanctioned Violence” discusses poetry collections published since 2015 that expose how the shared vocabulary and grammars of public state-sanctioned violence are also experienced privately and intimately. These recent collections subvert and eschew usual poetic classifications, expressing political resistance through major tropes of both confessional lyric and the hallmarks of the avant-garde.

In “The Feminist Poetics of Refusal,” Becca Klaver investigates the tactics of two texts that refuse the social conditions of the poetry world as a microcosm of patriarchal culture: the collectively written “No Manifesto” (2015) and Jennif(f)er Tamayo’s book YOU DA ONE (2017). Drawing on theories from queer and black radical traditions, refusal can be understood as a way to actualize alternative worlds and as a mode of care.

In the second half of the session, we will invite the audience to discuss their own forms of resistance in small groups, finally reconvening to share poetic and practical strategies.


Candice Amich

Candice Amich is an assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is co-editor, with Elin Diamond and Denise Varney, of Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave, 2017). Her forthcoming book, Precarious Forms: Performing Utopia in the Neoliberal... Read More →

Keegan Cook Finberg

Assistant Professor of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Keegan Cook Finberg will be an assistant professor of English at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) starting in the fall of 2018. Her current book project, Poetry in General, or, Literary Experimentalism since 1960, argues that postwar U.S. poetry responds to the degradation... Read More →
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Becca Klaver

Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow, Cornell College
Becca Klaver is the author of two books of poetry—LA Liminal (Kore Press) and Empire Wasted (Bloof Books)—and several chapbooks. Her critical writing appears in College Literature, Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, and elsewhere. As an editor, she cofounded Switchback... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 9:00am - 10:25am EDT
131 DeBartolo Hall

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