[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura lecture on poetry

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Mon Jan 22 13:58:49 PHT 2007


Kritika Kultura and the Department of English

invite you to a lecture by




Monday, 12 February 2007, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
SEC Lec 3
Ateneo de Manila University


In a poem, what choices govern line breaks? Why does one line end and
another begin? Without the conventions of meter and rhyme, how does the
line participate in crafting a poem's prosody, and how does its execution
on the page determine the way a poem is read out loud? What role does the
tension between syntax and line play in revealing the depth and energy of
a poet's thought?

When used or received solely as a convenient indicator of a text's
identity as a poem, the line quickly becomes extraneous and therefore
invisible to a poem's writer or reader. This essay asserts that lineation
becomes most crucial and visible in poems that create the experience of a
mind at work rather than a mind made up, inhabiting process instead of
resolution. It discusses the functions of the line in poems that resist,
in James Longenbach's terms, "leap[ing] too quickly from the 'choice' to
the 'chosen,' from what is 'findable' to what is 'found.'" Taking its cue
from studies by Longenbach and Marjorie Perloff, among others, and using
recently published poems by Sid Gomez Hildawa, Simeon Dumdum Jr., Mabi
David, and Marc Gaba as examples, this essay examines the line as a
device that constructs the movement and illuminates the muscularity of
thought in a poem, and explores a range of approaches to lineation, from
the merely ornamental to variations of the willful.


Conchitina Cruz teaches creative writing, literature, and composition
courses at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. While on a
Fulbright scholarship, she studied and taught at the University of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she received her MFA in Writing. She
recently received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to spend a month working
on a manuscript of poems in Bellagio, Italy. She is the author of a
chapbook of poems, Disappear, and a book of poetry, 'Dark Hours,' which
won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2006.

Kritika Kultura can be accessed online at www.ateneo.edu/kritikakultura.

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