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The Long Poem Conference

General Programming

  • Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia
  • Dibur Literary Journal, Stanford University
  • Michael Bernhard Golston
  • Uri S. Cohen
  • Vered Karti Shemtov

Update: link to Avot Yeshurun's poem "the house," published at 'Dibur' website

From The Waste Land to recent sprawling Conceptualist and computer generated mega-texts, the long poem has paradoxically operated as both a kind of generic contradiction (as Ezra Pound put it, “dichtung=condensare”) and as the apotheosis of the poetic mode altogether. How do we understand the dynamics of such a form, and how do we classify its various instantiations? What does the long poem reveal about the world that is unknowable in another form?


Thursday, 4:00-6:30

Poetry Reading (chair: Michael Golston)

Craig Dworkin

Bob Perelman

Friday, 10:00-12:30

Panel 1 (Chair: Giddon Ticotsky)

Lilach Lachman: “Ktav-Adam:Avot Yeshurun, the Long Poem, and Poetic Historiography”

Serge Gavronsky: “Writing in Tongues, from St. Jerome to Zukofsky's Catullus”


Panel 2 (Chair: Michael Golston)

Uri Cohen: “Yehuda Amichai: War and the Length of Poems”

Dee Morris: “Sounding Grievable Lives: M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!, Caroline Bergvall’s Drift, and the Contemporary Long Poem”




Panel 3 (Chair: TBA)

Elik Elhanan: “"to pierce a hole in the sky": Iconoclasm in Perets Markish and Uri Zvi Greenberg's long Yiddish poems"

Peter Middleton: “"There is opacity now at the bottom of the mirror": The aesthetics of difficulty in the contemporary long poem”




Panel 4 (Chair: Vered Shemtov)

Marjorie Perloff: “Funny Peculiar or Funny Ha Ha: Recalculating the Long Poems of Charles Bernstein”

Michael Gluzman: "Hesiod, the Rabbis and Robert Lowell: Aharon Shabtai's Path to the Long Poem"

  • Michael Golson Professor of English and Comparative Literature Columbia University
  • Uri S. Cohen Senior Lecturer Tel Aviv University
  • Vered Shemtov Eva Chernov Lokey Senior Lecturer Stanford University
  • Marjorie Perloff Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities, Emerita Stanford University
  • Craig Dworkin Professor University of Utah
  • Michael Gluzman Professor Tel Aviv University
  • Lilach Lachman Guest Lecturer Haifa University
  • Adalaide Morris Professor Emerita University of Iowa
  • Bob Perelman Professor of English University of Pennsylvania
  • Elazar Elhanan Assistant Professor The City College of New York
  • Peter Middleton Professor University of Southampton
  • Serge Gavronsky Professor Barnard College