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Brent Cox, "Visualizing the Depths in Susan Howe's Debths: A Video Essay "
The event I propose is a screening of a short work (15-20 min) of Animated Video Poetry Criticism focusing on Susan Howe’s recent book, Debths (New Directions, 2017). The video is both a critical investigation of Debths and a co-creative Video Poem/Video Essay in its own right. Susan Howe has been written about extensively, with close attention often given to the visuality of her innovative poetic practice. The intervention my video proposes is that Howe’s sleight of hand (as described by Chelsea Jennings in “Susan Howe’s Facsimile Aesthetic”) multi-modal prose, poetry, and visual aesthetic, by way of its disruption of traditional hermeneutic strategies, calls for the interpretive novelty of another fast-growing genre: the video essay. Creatively animating and blending Howe’s collages with its source material (the work of Paul Thek, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Yeats’s late drafts) my video offers original readings of Howe’s book, while simultaneously providing a critical interpretation. In Debths, language resembles the complex morphology of flickering light playing over the crests and troughs of waves as it reflects and echoes in tentacular networks and nets (to use Donna Haraway’s language). Debths imagines language as a complex social and aesthetic field, suggesting a poetic identity in excess of conventional scales of time and space, reader and writer, poem and material. It generously elicits a form of complex, constellative thinking suited for our difficult times, entangling us in unraveling strings of meaning, while simultaneously gathering us into the immanent field of social relation. In Fred Moten's words, Debths "consents not to be a single being."

Frank Rogaczewski, "I'd Like to Read Some Prose Poems: Is This a Bad Time? "
I’d read a selection of prose poems, including one or two from my first book, The Fate of Humanity in Verse, one or two from my upcoming second book (maybe hopefully our by the fall), and one or two I’m working on for the &NOW 2018 Festival. Contrary to Robert Bly’s notion that the prose “quiets” the poem, this prose noiseys things up, combining personal and political, nonfiction and fiction, Ovidian transmogrifications and smart-ass proletarian poetical tropes, “I do this, I do that” with “been there, done that,” the poetics of fight or flight and the poetics of “We Shall Overcome.”

Julie Carr's "Real Life: An Installation" is a mixed-media show that challenges our concept of the art installation and performance. The event features video and audio by forty artists from diverse backgrounds, stages in their careers, and artistic practices. Each artist has responded to a hypothetical installation written by Julie Carr. Julie Carr can read the accompanying hypothetical installation text while the video is projected. Please see www.realifeaninstallation.com The website is unfinished, but will be finished by October 1.


Julie Carr

Julie Carr is an associate professor at the University of Colorado. With Tim Roberts, she co-edits Counterpath Press. Objects from a Borrowed Confession is just out from Ahsahta, and Real Life: An Installation is forthcoming from Omnidawn.

Brent Cox

University at Buffalo
Brent Cox is a poet, video artist, and writer. He is a second-year PhD student in the Poetics Program at University of Buffalo. His work focuses on theorizing poetry and art that resist and expand media and/or generic conventions. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Washington... Read More →

Frank Rogaczewski

Roosevelt University
Frank Rogaczewski is married to Beverly Stewart. They live in Berwyn, IL, with Seamus (their dog) and Gertrude and Virginia (their literary cats). Frank has published one book of prose poems, The Fate of Humanity in Verse, and is expecting another in the fall, 2018. He teaches as... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 2:35pm - 3:50pm EDT
118 DeBartolo Hall

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