This two day postgraduate led conference will bring together poets and researchers to engage in a conversation about experimental, innovative and alternative approaches to poetic form. We are calling for twenty minute papers which: discuss poetry of any period or genre which challenges or aims to challenge convention through formal innovation and/or interaction with political, social and cultural realities; explore the labels we use to denote “experimental”, “avant-garde” or particular stylistic modes of verse; question whether political objectives and/or antagonisms can be articulated or furthered through radical approaches to composition and language; consider how readers engage with experimental poetry. Inseparable from these themes is the issue of what we perceive as 'the political', what counts as a political act and whether the writer has a responsibility to assert political agency; we are particularly interested in papers in which these questions are at the forefront of discussion.
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