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Public Poetics

Critical Issues in Canadian Poetry and Poetics

Edited by Bart Vautour, Christl Verduyn, Erin Wunker, and Travis V. Mason
Subjects Literary Criticism, Canadian Literature, Poetry
Series TransCanada Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771120470, 375 pages, May 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771120494, 375 pages, June 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771120487, 375 pages, June 2015

Table of contents

Table of Contents Public Poetics: Critical Issues in Canadian Poetry and Poetics, edited by Bart Vautour, Erin Wunker, Travis V. Mason, and Christl Verduyn
Introduction: Public Poetics | Erin Wunker and Travis V. Mason
Section I: The Contemporary Field
1. Public Poet, Private Life: 20 Riffs on the Dream of a Communal Self | Sina Queyras
2. The Threat of Black Art, or, On Being Unofficially Banned in Canada | El Jones
3. The Counter/Public in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of Poetry in Canada | Tanis MacDonald
4. Writing the Body Politic: Feminist Poetics in the Twenty-First Century | Heather Milne
5. Rewriting and Postmodern Poetics In Canada: Neo-Haikus, Neo-Sonnets, Neo-Lullabies, Manifestoes | John Stout
Poetry I
The Sturdiness | Sina Queyras
The Sexual Politics of Bluestockings | Tanis MacDonald
Routine | Amanda Jernigan
Volume | Shannon Maguire
September Still | Rob Winger
The inevitability of gravity on glass | Vanessa Lent
Section II: The Embedded Field
6. The Ingeminate Eye: Peter Sanger's Public Poetics | Amanda Jernigan
7. Reading for a Civic Public Poetic: Toronto in Raymond Souster's "Ten Elephants on Yonge Street" and Dennis Lee's Civil Elegies | Will Smith
8. To the Bone: The Instrumental Activism of Dionne Brand's Ossuaries | Geordie Miller
9. Rearticulate, Renovate, Rebuild: Sachiko Murakami's Architectural Poetics of Community | Emily Ballantyne
10. "We jimmied the radio": Gillian Jerome, Brad Cran, and the Lyric in Public | Kevin McNeilly
Poetry II
Hungry | Kevin McNeilly
Potter's Hearing Is Not Khadr's Ruling | Kathy Mac
The House Which Is Not Extension but Dispositio Itself (from Insecession, and echolation of Secession, by Chus Pato) | from Insecession by Erín Moure
The Avian Flu | Brad Cran
Section III: Expanding the Field
11. Formal Protest: Reconsidering the Poetics of Canadian Pamphleteering | Andrea Hasenbank
12. Radio Poetics: Publishing and Poetry on CBC's Anthology | Katherine McLeod
13. The Public Reading: Call for a New Paradigm | Erín Moure and Karis Shearer
14. We Are the Amp: A Poetics of the Human Microphone | Michael Nardone
15. Canadian Public Poetics: Negotiating Belonging in a Globalizing World | Diana Brydon


Public Poetics is a collection of essays and poems that address some of the most pressing issues of the discipline in the twenty-first century. The collection brings together fifteen original essays addressing “publics,” “poetry,” and “poetics” from the situated space of Canada while simultaneously troubling the notion of the nation as a stable term. It asks hard questions about who and what count as “publics” in Canada. Critical essays stand alongside poetry as visual and editorial reminders of the cross-pollination required in thinking through both poetry and poetics.
Public Poetics is divided into three thematic sections. The first contains essays surveying poetics in the present moment through the lens of the public/private divide, systematic racism in Canada, the counterpublic, feminist poetics, and Canadian innovations on postmodern poetics. The second section contains author-specific studies of public poets. The final section contains essays that use innovative renderings of “poetics” as a means of articulating alternative communities and practices. Each section is paired with a collection of original poetry by ten contemporary Canadian poets.
This collection attends to the changing landscape of critical discourse around poetry and poetics in Canada, and will be of use to teachers and students of poetry and poetics.