In an age of globalization, computerization, and commodification, why read poetry? This most literary, most artificial, and least profitable genre seems ill suited to meet today's challenges. Or is it? This volume, which collects papers and poems read at a conference on British and North American experimental poetry, demonstrates the opposite. Scholars and poets from five countries discuss the nature and the function of poetic experiment in our rapidly changing world: What is poetry's relation to science? What is, what can "experiment" in verse? How transnational is current poetry? And what happened to the "lyric I"? This volume speaks to the importance of "Another Language" - the language of poetic experimentation.
Kornelia Freitag is Chair of American Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She has published Cultural Criticism in Women's Experimental Writing: The Poetry of Rosmarie Waldrop, Lyn Hejinian and Susan Howe in 2006.
Katharina Vester teaches American Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. Her 2007 dissertation, "A Taste of Power: Collaboration and Resistance in Culinary Texts", is a Foucauldian study of food discourses.