Nov 29th 2010

Jenny Holzer’s “word program” for the lobby of 7 World Trade Center broadcasts over twenty-four hours of poetry in public. The continuous loop of the LED feed makes Whitman, O’Hara, Schyler, Millay, Ginsberg, and many other New York poets available in the large, still largely blank space emerging from Ground Zero. But available for what, and to whom, exactly? What kind of reading is possible in this space, and at the pace of the feed? Does the feed mediate poems, or does it change poems into something else? Professor Jackson will consider these questions, and weigh that thinking against recent national claims (by the NEH, NEA, the Poetry Foundation, etc.) for the power and influence of poetry in public.

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