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Thanks to the Dusie Kollektiv for the invitation to take part in The Next Big Thing project where Dusie authors write on the next book due out. This book is a collaborative critical work with David Kennedy.
What is the working title of the book?
Women’s Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970-2010: Body, Time and Locale
Where did the idea come from for the book?
There is a large body of women’s experimental poetry in Britain that has never received its critical due. The result is that it is forever in danger of being forgotten or overlooked.
What genre does your book fall under?
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Contemporary poets are rarely portrayed in movies. With the exception of the late Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Anna Mendelssohn, all our poets are more than capable of rendering themselves on screen.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
A long overdue study of women’s experimental poetry in Britain 1970-2010.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Our own excitement as readers of this significant body of contemporary writing and our frustration with theoretical accounts of experimental poetics.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Our book is the first extensive study in this area. It discusses established writers such as Denise Riley, Geraldine Monk and Maggie O’Sullivan and younger writers such as Emily Critchley and Andrea Brady. It offers important new readings of the nature of experimental poetics and brings new and unusual theoretical perspectives to bear on women’s poetry.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Our book is published by Liverpool University Press and is due out in September 2013.
Make up a question you think is pressing in way of poetry today?
Why are the achievements of radical women poets routinely sidelined or ignored?
Our book embodies a passionate belief that these poets break out of all the usual categories that are used to define and confine women. Their poetries are, therefore, evolutionary in terms of consciousness and identity and, as such, represent some of humanity’s highest endeavours.