Call for Papers

CFP Merwin Studies Spring 2014Merwin Studies seeks submissions for its second issue. Submissions are due by Spring of 2014.

In the 1978 “Literature and Ecology: An Experiment in Ecocriticism,” William Rueckert argues that unleashing the “stored energy” of a poem helps create and sustain communities. We invite work that explores and exposes the myriad facets surrounding such energy exchanges. Submissions are not limited to the following questions:

Merwin’s 2013 Selected Translations (re)circulates texts through and across languages. How has Merwin’s work as a translator unleashed the “stored energy” of a poem?

Where is Merwin read? How does the reading cultivate community?

Comparative poetics: what juxtapositions (Merwin & Snyder; Merwin & Williams) help unleash some of the “stored energy” of both poets’ work?

Rueckert suggests that the “greatest teachers . . . generate and release the greatest amount of collective creative energy.” They “understand” how the “classroom is a community, a true interactive field.” What pedagogical practices help bring Rueckert’s ecological classroom to fruition, specifically in the teaching of Merwin’s prose and poetry?

How do Merwin’s online interviews and readings contribute to the energy exchange between poet/text/witness?

How can scholarship circulate discussions of Merwin’s work beyond academic spheres?

How does The Merwin Conservancy—and its online presence—contribute to the circulation of Merwin’s work as a poet/planter?

What tropes are at work in Merwin’s oeuvre composting the poems . . . unleashing their “stored energy”?

Technology is not neutral; how do print and/or digital technologies impact how the “stored energy” of a poem is unleashed and circulated through a community?