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Michael Bough’s Beautiful New Poetry Collection Inspired by H.D.’s Hermetic Definitions

Michael Boughn’s new poetry collection, Hermetic Divagations – After H.D. (Swimmers Group, 2017) embraces the poetic method of H.D.’s Hermetic Definitions to arrive at a wholly new reflection on the many questions H.D. posed about war, love, spirituality, and survival–questions that retain their relevance for us today. Michael Boughn is the author of several books of poetry, including Cosmogrophia: A Post-Lucretian Faux Micro Epic (2010), which was nominated for the Governor General Award.

“Michael Boughn’s Hermetic Divagations is a luminous book of gratitude and persistence. Boughn weaves H.D.’s traditions, motifs and words in his own poised lines, examining a resonant image hoard—flame, angel, amber, lotus, worm, and owl, and thereupon continually re-discovering female figures emanating poise, eros and blessing amid confusion and depredation. “Then she is there” is a repeated realization. The work is at once a poetics of rumination evoking immanent presence and a meditation on the acts of war and rancor that harass grace.  Hermetic Divagations is a serious and lucid reworking of questions of civilization where “dung and myrrh // mingle with air and fear,” yet where one persists in seeking the “hidden entrance in a world // of restricted visibility.” – Rachel Blau DuPlessis

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H.D., Embroidery, and Modernism

Embroidery detail from The Space Between Scalar media archive, image credit from the Schaeffner Family
Image Detail from Amy Elkins’s article in The Space Between

Two recent articles focus on H.D.’s contributions to the visual arts through her elaborate embroidery projects.

Elizabeth Anderson’s “H.D.’s Tapestry: Embroidery, William Morris, and The Sword Went Out to Sea” appears in Modernist Cultures, vol. 12, no. 2 (2017). Linking H.D.’s tapestry work both to her spiritualism and to her inspiration in the Pre-Raphaelites, Anderson explores H.D.’s use of tapestry in her late novel The Sword Went Out to Sea.
Amy E. Elkins of Macalester College published “A Stitch in Time: H.D.’s Craft Modernism as Transhistoric Repair” in The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945, vol. 12, no. 6 (2016). Elkins’s abstract notes that her “essay presents, for the first time, an archive of H.D.’s needlework and demonstrates its relationship to her literary craft.” The essay is filled with rich images of H.D.’s embroidery, and Elkins links that work to psychological strategies of coping and survival in the wake of World War I.
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The Spirit of Revolt Women Writers Archives and the Cold War Modernism/Modernity Print Plus

Raised fist with the caption Persist serves as the title image for the Mind the Gap! Cluster on modernism and feminism at Modernism/modernity's Print Plus platformThis month’s Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform features “Mind the Gap! Modernism and Feminist Praxis.” Articles by Madelyn Detloff, Anne Fernald, Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, and Ewa Ziarek take up the issue from a range of perspectives. Kennedy-Epstein’s “The Spirit of Revolt: Women Writers, Archives and the Cold War” begins with a curricular debate about the role and literary heft of H.D. in modernist studies today. Her defense of H.D. and other modernist women writers is wide-ranging and offers a compelling argument for ensuring that women writers feature prominently in the literary landscape.

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CFP: Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Feb. 22-24, 2018

The 46th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900

We invite paper proposals for a panel the H.D. International Society is organizing at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 22-24, 2018. What we have said before about the conference remains true, that it is a 

 

very welcoming and invigorating conference that features research presentations and work by creative writers. It is hosted yearly by the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY and sustained by the organizing efforts of Alan Golding. For more information, please see the attached CFP from the conference organizers and note that the confirmed keynote speakers for 2018 are terrific, yet again:  M. NourbeSe Philip, Dominic Pettman, and Brent Hayes Edwards. For more information on the conference, visit http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com/

The call for papers for our panel is open: we are happy to consider work attending to any aspect of H.D. and/or her circle as we field a cohesive panel.  

Please send 250 word abstracts and a brief bio to Rebecca Walshrawalsh@ncsu.edu, by Wednesday, September 6. Feel fee to get in touch with any questions.

Best regards,

Rebecca Walsh, North Carolina State University, rawalsh@ncsu.edu
and
Celena Kusch, University of South Carolina-Upstate, ckusch@uscupstate.edu

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University Press of Florida Releases Lara Vetter’s A Curious Peril

book cover of A Curious Peril, by Lara Vetter. Image features H.D. in a large straw hat on a patio with bistro chairs, probably in Monte Carlo.Lara Vetter’s fascinating treatment of H.D.’s late prose in the political context of post-World War II has been released by UP Florida. Miranda Hickman notes that Vetter’s book demonstrates how H.D.’s late prose contributes to “politically attuned cultural work” and that Vetter “astutely counters longstanding claims about H.D.’s escapism.”

Find Lara Vetter’s A Curious Peril here: http://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813054568

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New book by Lara Vetter, A Curious Peril: H.D.’s Late Modernist Prose

The University Press of Florida has just published Lara Vetter’s new book, A Curious Peril: H.D.’s Late Modernist Prose. The monograph offers readings of a range of H.D.’s post-World War II writing: The Sword Went Out to Sea, By Avon River, White Rose and the Red, The Mystery, Magic Mirror, Compassionate Friendship, and End to Torment, with briefer discussion of Thorn Thicket, the Hirslanden Notebooks, and, from earlier in H.D.’s career, The Moment and Palimpsest. It also includes a chronology of H.D.’s writing from this period and an appendix mapping works that H.D. owned or read that inform Vetter’s discussion.

 

Here is the link to the publisher: http://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813054568

 

 

 

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Join the H.D. International Society at the American Literature Association, Boston, 2017

American Literature Association Conference Web Page Screen ShotThe H.D. International Society invites scholars at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston to join us for “H.D.’s Aesthetics of Resistance.” From queering translation to surviving the blitz, H.D. is dedicated to resisting conventions and creating new literary forms for envisioning the new.

Friday May 26, 2017
11:10 am – 12:30 pm
Session 9-F H.D.’s Aesthetics of Resistance (Essex North Center, 3rd Floor) Organized by the H.D. International Society Chair: Celena Kusch, University of South Carolina Upstate

  1. “‘This beauty is too much’: H.D. and Queering Translation,” Christian Bancroft, University of Houston
  2. “Sex & the Over-Soul: H.D.’s Vision and the Birthing Body,” Alyssa Leann Duck, Emory University
  3. “Psychic Blitzkrieg: Air Raids, Architecture and the Afterlife in the Wartime Literature of H.D.,” Sean Richardson, Nottingham Trent University
  4. “‘Looking into the Future’: H.D., William Morris, and Delia Alton,” Bret Keeling, Northeastern University
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Modernist Women Writers and Spirituality: A Piercing Darkness edited collection now available

Book Cover for Modernist Women Writers and Spirituality, featuring a glowing moon in a cloudy sky. The edited collection Modernist Women Writers
and Spirituality: A Piercing Darkness
, edited by Elizabeth Anderson, Andrew Radford, and Heather Walton, has been released by Palgrave (January 2017). Contributions by Suzanne Hobson and Matte Robinson focus on H.D., alongside chapters devoted to a range of other modernist women writers, including Mary Butts, Jane Harrison, Dora Marsden, and many more.

Order the book or individual chapters at http://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137530356

 

 

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Cynthia Hogue’s Poetry Collection Published by Red Hen Press

Screen shot of Cynthia Hogue's Web page featuring her new poetry collection, In June the Labyrinth, by Red Hen Press, 2017
Poetry Collection, In June the Labyrinth by Cynthia Hogue, published by Red Hen Press, 2017

Poet and H.D. Scholar, Cynthia Hogue, has published her ninth poetry collection, In June the Labyrinth (Red Hen Press, 2017). This book-length poetry sequence shares a mythopoetic approach often found in H.D.’s poetry as well. Excerpts from In June the Labyrinth have also been featured in Tupelo Quarterly

Cynthia Hogue served as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University in the Spring of 2014. She was a 2015 NEA Fellow in Translation, and holds the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University.

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