The motorcade has already pulled up outside Stately Archambeau Manor, the engines of the limousines and auxiliary support vehicles purring, the chauffeurs trading jokes and Russian cigarettes under the porte-cochère, where they seek shelter from the day's light drizzle, as well as from the occasional gusts of rhetoric emanating from my study window. Soon they will be whisking me away, and I'll wallow in the cocooned comfort of the luxurious passenger cabin, giggling as I repeatedly raise and lower the window separating me from the driver. But where will we be going?
Glad you asked. There will be two destinations in the days ahead:
On Friday, February 24th, I'll be speaking at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. These are the details:
Panel on Modernist Poetry and the Nineteenth Century
Friday February 24th, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Room: Humanities 117
My paper is called “Victorian Expectations, Modern Conditions: Real and Imagined Audiences for Modernist Poetry” but don't let that deter you. I'll be accompanied by Mark Scroggins, who will speak on “The Questing, Passive Gaze: Ruskin and Pound's Yeux Glauques”and Vincent Sherry, who will discuss“The Codes of Decadence: Modernism and Its Discontents.”
Then, on Friday March 2, I'll be in Oak Park, Illinois (Frank Lloyd Wright's town, adjacent to Chicago) for an off-site, in this case a way-off-site, poetry reading during the AWP Convention. The details are:
“Route 66” AWP Off-Site Reading
Friday, March 2, 3:30-5:30pm
Buzz Café, 905 S. Lombard Ave, Oak Park, Illinois
On board for the reading will be the incredible Mark Wallace, the devastatingly handsome Grant Jenkins, and others.