JEANNE HEUVING & LEONARD SCHWARTZ
Some good, spirited, heady talk of poetry and poetics is in store this afternoon, as Jeanne Heuving from the University of Washington, Bothell, and Leonard Schwartz, from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, come from north and south to discuss their newest books here. Jeanne Heuving’s new book is The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics (University of Alabama Press). “Jeanne Heuving has written an ardent study of the metamorphosis of Western love and its classic poetic tropes involving desire and the poetic objects of longing, by proposing an altered configuration of eros in modern and contemporary poetry … Heuving treats the poetic practices of Pound, H.D., Duncan, Fraser and Mackey and offers serious theorizing on the poetics of Amor. This vibrant contribution to poetic criticism makes claims for love as ecstatic perception, the I as "othered" in love, and the affects and effects of this eros, all going beyond the poetry of the yearning gaze and the static beloved into a wider libidinal field. In fascinating readings and deft theoretical insights, she tracks the implications of this re-articulation of eros for poetic languages, formal innovations, textual subjectivities, and poetics.” —Rachel Blau DuPlessis. Leonard Schwartz is here with a new book that is both poems and poetics, The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises (University of Arkansas Press). “This collection is like a map of roads all leading to this day today. Accumulating alleyways and tunnels and bridges are lighted for us, with glimmers of clear sunlight falling on figures left behind (Buber, Scholem, Ibn ‘Arabi) and poems too, and recorded thoughts, as from those who could see only a certain distance. ‘We all live in Baghdad now.’ This critical map of our situation/condition is truly useful as a way to see what has happened and what could (have) to all of us. I know what it means and why it hurts.” —Fanny Howe. “A highly original voice engaged in a creatively subversive way with the issues of our day.” —Mohja Kahf.