Rachel Blau DuPlessis on “Manhood and Its Poetic Projects”

Jacket magazine has published a long essay by poet and scholar Rachel Blau DuPlessis (NWS F’01) on “Manhood and Its Poetic Projects: The Construction of Masculinity in the Counter-Cultural Poetry of the US 1950s.” Derived from a keynote address at the National Poetry Foundation’s conference on the poetry of the 1950s (held in Orono in 1996), the essay investigates the styles and stakes of masculinity in the work of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and others. It’s been a productive fall for DuPlessis: the University of Alabama recently published Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work and reprinted her classic work of scholarship The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice. And in October, she will speak on the topic of “Death and Sexual Difference in Later Creeley” at the Buffalo conference On Words.

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