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The Body and the Page in Poetry Readings as Remembrance of Composition

Pester, H (2016) 'The Body and the Page in Poetry Readings as Remembrance of Composition.' In: Groes, S, (ed.) Memory in the Twenty-First Century: New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences. Springer, 271 - 275. ISBN 978-1-349-56642-6

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What is remembered by the poet in the performance of poetry? Are they recalling the rehearsal, pitching their body into the practiced gestures that activate the poem? Through voicing the poem, do they recall sounds and speech patterns from life experience, now delivered back via the live event? Perhaps the performance recalls the moment of composition, most probably involving a transcribing media of some sort; pen and paper, word processor, audio recorder, and therefore the hunched-over body, locked into its interface, an act itself involving automated recollections of speech and language. Can we then say that the performance of a poem, its live reading, is an act of the body remembering that act of remembering through the keyboard?

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 11:52
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:20

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