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Voice and Wake: Susan Howe, M. NourbeSe Philip, and the Ecology of Echology
Following Nathaniel Mackey’s Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (1993), this talk on Susan Howe and M. NourbeSe Philip correlates the poetics of two women writers, a Caribbean-Canadian Afro-diasporic poet (Philip) and a poet from New England who works in the tradition of Black Mountain College post-war experimentalism (Howe). The talk explores issues of sound, voicing, and ecology, elaborating the concepts of “echology” and ventriloquist poetics by means of close reading Howe’s two long poems “Articulation of Sound Forms in Time” and “Thorow” (originally published in the 1990 collection Singularities) and passages from Philip’s books of poetry She Tries her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (1989) and, particularly, Zong! (2008).
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