Robert Kelly Events @ Louisville


This weekend (February 20 to 22) as part of the48th Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture, there will be three panels on the poetry of Robert Kelly, as a celebration of Kelly’s work & the simultaneous publication of volume 2 of the RK books I edited: A City Full of Voice: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly, which will available at the conference. For the full conference details, click here; for ordering the book if you’re not coming to Kentucky, click here.

C- 1  Robert Kelly’s Earlier Work: Companions, Contexts, and Continuance
Friday 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    Room: Humanities  101
Chair: Kimberly Lyons, independent scholar

  • Stephan Delbos, Charles University, Prague
    “’Custodian of the Words of the Tribe’: Robert Kelly as Editor and Advocate for the Post-war ‘New Imagination’”
  • Burt  Kimmelman , New Jersey Institute of Technology
    “Robert Kelly, Jerome Rothenberg, Paul Blackburn, and the Swerve in Deep Image Poetics”
  • Peter Monaco, University at Albany, SUNY
    “’The Poets Now, Last Scientists of the Whole’: The Ontology of the Reader in the Work of Robert Kelly”
  • David Need, Duke University
    “Robert Kelly’s News from Nowhere — Thinking New Form and its Descants ”

D- 1  Modalities of the Unsayable in the Poetry of Robert Kelly
Friday 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM    Room: Humanities  221
Chair: Burt Kimmelman, New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • George Quasha, independent scholar
    “Robert Kelly’s Poetics of Singularity”
  • Jed Rasula, University of Georgia
    “Horizons of Narrative”
  • Elizabeth Robinson, independent scholar
    “Robert Kelly and Poetic Syncretism”
  • John Yau, Rutgers University
    “Space and Dimension in Robert Kelly’s Poetry and Thought”

E- 1  Spiritual Exercises: Robert Kelly’s Science of Becoming Aware
Friday 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM    Room: Humanities  219
Chair: Elizabeth Robinson, independent scholar

  • Pierre Joris, University at Albany, SUNY
    “’Alchemy’: Metaphor or Practice?”
  • Kimberly  Lyons, independent scholar
    “’The Secret Name of Now’: Figures of God(s) in the Poetry of Robert Kelly”
  • Charles  Stein, School of Visual Arts, NYC
    “The Liberation Space That Might Be Poetry: Detachment and Utterance in Robert Kelly’s The Hexagon
  • Stephen Williams, Benedictine University
    “Orphic Vision with ‘ordinary eyes’: On Robert Kelly”


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