Dr Rebecca Kosick

BA Hons(Mich.), MA(Chic.), MA(C'nell), PhD(C'nell)

  • BS8 1TE

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Research interests

My research is interested in how poetry intersects with the visual arts and other media, matters, and languages. I focus on the 20th century and contemporary periods and examine intellectual, aesthetic, and translational exchanges in the American hemisphere, and between the Americas and the UK. I have published on such topics as the relationship between participatory poetry and conceptual art, the material aspects of translation, and inventive forms of poetry such as artist books and postcard poems. I am co-director of the Bristol Poetry Institute and coordinator of the Indisciplinary Poetics Research Cluster.

My recent book, Material Poetics in Hemispheric America: Words and Objects 1950-2010 (Edinburgh University Press 2020) develops novel theoretical approaches to understanding poetic objects, language, and matter outside of the lyrical norm. In critical conversation with object-oriented ontology and new materialism, this project investigates poetry that combines textual and material elements (including work by Ferreira Gullar, Ronald Johnson, and Anne Carson). It builds a theory of American material poetics through studies that posit the poetic object as autonomous, relational, assembled, architectural, and posthuman. My current project, Multiverses: Languages of Contemporary Poetry, lays out an expanded definition of poetic multilingualism—one that includes spoken languages but also languages that are visual, material, and mathematical. It explores how poetry incorporates extra-poetic modes of communication, broadening our frameworks for understanding the nature of poetic language and poetry's relationship to the literary arts. Studies focus on intermedia poetry and publishing initiatives such as the Devon-based Beau Geste Press, founded by Mexican artists Martha Hellion and Felipe Ehrenberg; the Cuban publishing collective, Ediciones Vigía; and the mail art and postal poetry of Brazilian artist Paulo Bruscky and Detroit publisher The Alternative Press. As part of this project, I am also collaborating with members of the Indisciplinary Poetics Research Cluster to launch poetrishy.org, an experimental iniative investigating the convolution of poetry and mathematics.

I am a poet and translator, and work collaboratively with artists, poets, mathematicians, and other practitioners. My poetry collection, Labor Day, was published by Golias Books in 2020 and my poems and translations have appeared in a number of journals and literary publications such as Fence, the Iowa Review, Two Lines, The Recluse, and Reunion: The Dallas Review. I am currently translating Hélio Oiticica's Secret Poetics and Ferreira Gullar's essays Avant-Garde and Underdevelopment and Culture in QuestionMy work is invested in hybrid creative-critical ways of learning and communicating.

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  • Bristol Poetry Institute

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