Making It News in Contemporary Poetry

To pick up a print newspaper today, let alone to turn it into a work of literature, is increasingly an act of nostalgia, a reference to a time long gone. And yet, poets and writers continue to turn to the texts and collage-like structure of the news because they provide a vital means for negotiating a world of proliferating media.

Poetry and Breath: Resuscitating Literature, Reimagining the World

Last week, I delivered my inaugural professorial lecture in Dunedin. Here, in addition to sharing the recording, I also reproduce the text of the opening part of the lecture. Tihei mauri ora. The sneeze of life. The phrase is used to claim the right to speak, as I do this evening. The phrase looks back …

World Literature in Stereo: Magnetic Tape and the Media Futures of Global Literary History

My essay on the lessons that the tape recorder offers for the future study of literature on a global scale is just out in a special issue of SubStance on “The Postlingual Turn.” My sincere thanks to the editors of the special issue, yasser elhariry and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, for including my piece and to …

Poetry and breath: Resuscitating literature, re-imagining the world

Hā ki roto, hā ki waho. Breathe in, breathe out. It’s the simplest thing, the in- and outflow of breath that keeps us alive, so automatic that, most of the time, we hardly notice it. And yet we ignore breath at our peril in an era when the struggle to breathe has come to symbolize …

Make It the Same reviewed by Yanhong Zhu

I am once again extremely grateful for the time that a reviewer has put into my book. Yanhong Zhu has published an extensive and thoughtful review of Make It the Same in Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR). The review concludes: Edmond’s engaging and exciting book merits a wide readership by scholars and students across …

TLS reviews Make It the Same

I am very grateful to the TLS and Justin Quinn for this review of Make It the Same, even though my book is written precisely against the kinds of simplistic dichotomies, between past and present, “experimental” and “traditional,” that Quinn invokes at the end of the review. The review, however, opens with a nice summation …

In Memory of Hilary Chung

Earlier this year, my incredible former PhD supervisor Hilary Chung died after a long struggle with cancer. Now Ka Mate Ka Ora: A New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics has published a series of tributes to her and her work. I reproduce my tribute below. Twenty years ago, a new door in my life …

Make It the Same Makes MSA Book Prize shortlist

I’m delighted and stunned that Make It the Same has made the shortlist for the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize. I’m very grateful to the judges, Gayle Rogers, Leah Flack, and Elizabeth Sheehan, for placing my book in such wonderful company and for what they have written about Make It the Same: To praise the …

An apology, a correction, and a cautionary tale about authorship and scholarly error

I want to offer an apology, a correction, and a cautionary tale about authorship and scholarly error. Let’s begin with the apology and correction. I want to apologize for a misattribution of authorship. In Make It the Same, I refer to a 2005 audio art project entitled Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” I cite …

CTRL-C: Mark Byers reviews Make It the Same

Mark Byers’s review of Make It the Same has just been published in The Review of English Studies. It begins: If textual appropriation is one prerogative of the advanced poet, as T.S. Eliot famously claimed, the work of late twentieth-century poets has been significantly aided by the arrival of the photocopier, magnetic tape, and the …

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