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Epic Voices: The Contemporary Long Poem and Cultural Memory with Michael Leong

Michael Leong
Date and Time: 
December 1, 2018 - 3:00PM
Event Location: 
Elizabeth Kray Hall
Admission: 
$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members

In The Dream Songs, John Berryman remarked, “The only happy people in the world / are those who do not have to write long poems: / muck, administration, toil.” Though Berryman suggests that composing a long poem will necessarily mire the writer in an excess of paperwork, poet Michael Leong considers the significant advantages of the form. Taking the perspectives of both the creative writer and the critical reader, Leong examines how writers of contemporary long poems—such as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Robin Coste Lewis—draw on paperwork and the administration of documentation to make claims on our cultural memories.

Michael Leong works at the intersections of poetry writing, ethnic American literature, and legacies of the historical avant-garde. His most recent poetry books include Words on Edge (Black Square Editions, 2018) and Who Unfolded My Origami Brain? (Fence Digital, 2017). He is Assistant Professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Event Sponsored By: 
Poets House
Event Type: 
Readings and Conversations
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