Please join us for a triple book launch, to celebrate – and consider the connections between – the following three new monographs:

Engagements with Aimé Césaire: Thinking with Spirits by Jason Allen-Paisant (University of Manchester)

Frank O’Hara’s New York School & Mid-Century Mannerism: Perfectly Disgraceful by Sam Ladkin (University of Sussex)

The Poetics of Scale: From Apollinaire to Big Data by Conrad Steel (Keble College, University of Oxford)

Between them, these studies offer three views on the evolving significance of twentieth-century poetry and the critical possibilities it generates now. Our intention in bringing them together is to foster dialogue between different archives and different approaches in contemporary poetics and beyond. Please note that although this event will consider writing in both English and French, no knowledge of French will be needed to follow the discussion.

Attendees may be interested to note that Jason Allen-Paisant’s own second poetry collection, Self-Portrait as Othello, was awarded both the T.S. Eliot Prize 2023 and the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2023.

A panel discussion between the authors will be followed by a Q&A and a drinks reception.

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