The enjambed body

The enjambed body…what a great phrase! I love poetry, so I even know what enjambed means. Good for me. Now I’ve got all that self-congratulation out of the way, I have to admit I stole the phrase from Jim Ferris. Read Jim’s essay The Enjambed Body: A Step Toward A Crippled Poetics. No, I mean it! Do yourself a favour and read it now. I’ll wait right here.

Back? Good.

Here are a few poems by Jim Ferris. First, Clubbing. Next, three poems: Poet of Cripples, Normal and Child of No One from his book The Hospital Poems.

It might be timely to drop this link in about here: A Short History of Disability Poetry.
The names of several poets were mentioned: Larry Eigner, Charles Olson and Robert Creeley among them.

Here is an essay about Larry Eigner: Missing Larry: The Poetics of Disability in Larry Eigner and you might be able to read the poem “The plan is in the body” from the Google books view of Selected Poems, 1945-2005 by Robert Creeley. And here is Olson’s poetry manifesto Projective Verse (1950). Make of all that what you will.

Next is a blurb for a book “Cripple Poetics: A Love Story” by Petra Kuppers and Neil Marcus.

Finally (for this post), the Seneca Review whose Fall 2009/Spring 2010 issue (Vol. 39 No. 2) is a special double issue on the lyric body, disability and difference. It looks interesting enough to buy a copy. In the meantime, here is the Introduction and an essay “Walking to Abbasanta” by Anne Finger. Did you know that Antonio Gramsci was a hunchbacked dwarf? Neither did I.


About middleeuropeanmelancholy

64 year old Australian born male. Into travel, poetry, philosophy, music, popular physics, mathematics (especially topology)...
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