“in her arms she holds them”: New Kinship Structures in New American Poetry

NOV 15, 2019 | 4:00 PM

Details

WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

ROOM:

4406: English Student Lounge

WHEN:

November 15, 2019: 4:00 PM

ADMISSION:

Free

Description

In this talk, recent English Program graduate Elizabeth Goetz investigates the various views that Hettie Jones, a helpmeet Jewish woman, and LeRoi Jones, an FBI-targeted African American man later known as Amiri Baraka, present of their interracial marriage and their shared social scene. Reading texts written by LeRoi, Hettie, and the friends, like Frank O’Hara, who were their literary interlocutors together illuminates the inequalities their kinship structures, though inclusive in many ways, nevertheless condoned. She argues that the intertextual poetic network constituted by these texts serves as a metaphor for the alternative kinship network of friends and lovers it portrays.