Colloquium 07

Project start: May 2007

Project finish: May 2007

About us

The aim of this colloquium is to create space for discussion of issues surrounding twentieth- and twenty-first-century lyric poetry, particularly as it engages with notions of voice and authenticity.

The colloquium is open to anyone with an interest in modern and contemporary poetry, regardless of whether or not they are presenting a paper or have any academic affiliation.

Authenticity and the Lyric Voice

Keynote speaker

  • Al Alvarez

Confirmed speakers

  • Robert Hampson
  • Nick Selby
  • Alice Entwistle
  • Jahan Ramazani

Poetry Reading

  • Helen Farish


10:00–10:30 Registration; tea and coffee
10:30–10:50 Welcome
10:50–12:10 Session 1 – Chair: Professor Steven Matthews
  • Dr Nick Selby (University of Glasgow): ‘Being “in the picture”: remembering and the lyric body in Frank O’Hara’s “In Memory of My Feelings”’
  • Dr David Arnold (University of Worcester): ‘Without Lyrical Interference: Surreal Objectivism’
  • Giles Goodland: ‘Be one traveller: negotiating the first person in the poetry of Frost and Reznikoff’
12:10–13:10 Lunch
13:30–14:30 Plenary – Al Alvarez: ‘How to Listen’
14:50–16:10 Session 2 – Chair: Dr Alex Goody
  • Professor Jahan Ramazani (University of Virginia): ‘Lyric Poetry and Globalization’
  • Dr Reena Sastri (University of York): ‘“desire, and the freedom to imagine it”: embodiment and lyric freedom in Rita Dove’
  • Matthew Powers: ‘A Domestic Disturbance: Silence, Myth, and the Lyric in Louise Glück’s Meadowlands’
16:10–16:30 Tea and coffee
16:30–17:45 Session 3 – Chair: Dr Stephen James
  • Sabina Kim (York University, Toronto): ‘Lyrical Sound’
  • Jennifer Sykes (Hertford College, Oxford): ‘For the Sake of Rhyme: Sound v. Sense in the work of Simon Armitage and Paul Muldoon’
  • Professor J. Fitzpatrick Smith (Wittenberg University): ‘“Les transports de l’esprit’: Ciaran Carson’s The Alexandrine Plan and The Twelfth of Never’
18:00–18:30 Poetry Reading – Helen Farish
18:30–19:30 Wine reception
20:15 Dinner
09:45–10:00 Tea, coffee and pastries
10:00–11:20 Session 4 – Chair: Dr Jane Dowson
  • Dr Alice Entwistle (University of Glamorgan): ‘The lyric sequence and the contemporary woman poet in Wales’
  • Yomna Saber (University of Nottingham): ‘Gwendolyn Brooks’s A Street in Bronzeville: Finding and Giving Voice’
  • Aaron Deveson (University of East Anglia): ‘Two Modern Lyric Poets: David Constantine and Denise Riley’
11:20–11:40 Tea and coffee
11:40–13:00 Session 5 – Chair: Dr Reena Sastri
  • Professor Robert Hampson (Royal Holloway, University of London): ‘Misremembered Lyrics: Denise Riley and Ken Edwards’
  • Dr Victoria Sheppard (Southampton University): ‘“Pulled at by voices”: Experiments with Voice in Contemporary British Poetry’
  • Professor Jennifer Ashton (University of Illinois at Chicago): ‘Mainstreaming the Avant-Garde: Sincerity and Form in Recent US-Based Poetry’
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Session 6 and closing comments – Chair: Dr Rachel Buxton
  • Dr Stephen James (University of Bristol): ‘The authentic eccentric: Geoffrey Hill’
  • Will May (Balliol College, Oxford): ‘“Drawn by everything in turn”: displacing the lyric “I” in the poetry of Stevie Smith’
  • Kit Fan (University of York): ‘Thom Gunn and the Occasions of Poetry’