Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Gordon Library, FLIP Space, 3rd floor
Gordon Library is kicking off its 2016-17 Meet the Author Series this Thursday at 4pm. Join us in the FLIP Space on the 3rd floor of the library, where Jim Cocola will give a talk on his new book Places in the Making: A Cultural Geography of American Poetry (Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, 2016).
Places in the Making maps a range of twentieth- and twenty-first century American poets who have used language to evoke the world at various scales. Distinct from related traditions including landscape poetry, nature poetry, and pastoral poetry—which tend toward more idealized and transcedent lyric registers—this study traces a poetics centered upon more particular and situated engagements with actual places and spaces. Focusing on poets of international reputation, such as Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, Charles Olson, and William Carlos Williams, Places in the Making also considers work by more recent figures, including Kamau Brathwaite, Joy Harjo, Myung Mi Kim, and Craig Santos Perez.
“Jim Cocola’s Places in the Making brilliantly illuminates the affective and cognitive processes through which geographical spaces become inhabitable places.”
— Donald E. Pease, Dartmouth College
An informal reception with light refreshments will follow the book talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Jim Cocola is Associate Professor and Associate Head for the Humanities in the Department of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In research and in teaching, Professor Cocola focuses on intersections between geography and the humanities, primarily in the field of modern and contemporary American literature and culture.