Al Filreis is Kelly Professor, Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, and
Director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of
Pennsylvania. He is co-founder and co-director of PennSound. His books include
"Stevens and the Actual World," "Modernism from Right to Left,"
"Secretaries of the Moon" (with Beverly Coyle) and "Counter-Revolution of
the Word: The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry." He is currently writing a book
about poetics in 1960. 

articles/essays

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"The President of This Sentence: Bob Perelman's History", Jacket (2010)

An essay about the convergence in Bob Perelman's writing of two parallel and also, at...

 

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The Stevens Wars, Poetics Studies Papers (2009)

This paper surveys the responsiveness of contemporary poets to the writings of Wallace Stevens in...

 

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Sound at an Impasse, Poetics Studies Papers (2009)

This brief paper presents six reasons why studies of sound in the poetry and poetics...

 

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Tests of Poetry, American Literary History (2003)

Contribution to a forum convened by Robert von Hallberg to consider literary history as a...

 

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"Still Life without Substance: Wallace Stevens and the Language of Agency", Poetics Today (1989)

A study of Wallace Stevens' engagement with the French agent for his acquisition of paintings,...

 

reviews

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Review of "Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic", Modernism/Modernity (2010)

Review of a book of essays about Wallace Stevens and Europe, edited by Bart Eeckhout...

 

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Review of Alan Wald's "Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade", Left History (2007)

A review of the second volume in Alan Wald's trilogy of literary histories about American...

 

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Review of Alan Wald's "Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade", Left History (2007)

A review of one book in Alan Wald's three-volume study of the American literary left.

 

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"A Note on Aaron Levy's 'Tombe'", Slought (2001)

A statement made on the publication of Aaron Levy's book "Tombe."

 

book chapters

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"Wallace Stevens and the New York School", Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism (2012)

The essay explores cross-influences between Wallace Stevens and the New York School aesthetic.

 

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Modernist Pedagogy at the End of the Lecture: IT and the Poetics Classroom, Teaching Modernist Poetry (2010)

Describes a modernist pedagogy based on the end of the lecture as we know it...

 

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Stevens in the 1930s, Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens, ed. John Serio (2007)

An overview of Wallace Stevens' poetic response to radical poets and ideas in the American...

 

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Modern Poetry and Anticommunism, A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2005)

A survey of the complex association of modern poetry and American communism (and anticommunism), including...

 

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"Description without a Sense of Place" (1991)

This is chapter 3 of a book, "Wallace Stevens and the Actual World" (Princeton University...

 

comments

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Selecting Three Poems by W. Stevens: A Roundtable Discussion, Poetics Studies Papers (2009)

Three poems by Stevens indicate a particular aesthetic predicament, expressions of near-cessation: "Mozart, 1935," "The...

 

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"Believing in the World Because It Is Impossible" [on George Oppen], Jacket (2008)

A reading of Oppen's "Myth of the Blaze."

 

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"Mending the Break in Time" (on Marianne Moore), "Finding the Words" (post-9/11 symposium) (2001)

A commentary on Marianne Moore's correspondence with Wiliam Carlos Williams during wartime.

 

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"Making Good Books Possible: Remembering Jerre Mangione", The Pennsylvania Gazette (1998)

A remembrance of Jerre Mangione, author of immigrant memoirs, novels, and a crucial account of...

 

interviews

talks/presentations

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Planning to Stay: a manifesto, Banff Centre "Interventions" conference (2010)

An invited manifesto to conclude a 4-day conference on new writing practices.

 

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"Mending the Break in Time" (on Marianne Moore), "Finding the Words" (post-9/11 symposium) (2001)

A commentary on Marianne Moore's correspondence with Wiliam Carlos Williams during wartime.

 

notes

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On William Carlos Williams's "At the Ball Game", Poetry Society of America "Crossroads" (2010)

A commissioned short essay on a favorite poem.

 

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"The Seminar", Re-publication event for Tan Lin's 'Seven Controlled Vocabularies' (2010)

Written in response to a request for short essays to be presented as part of...

 

prefaces

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"Descriptions without Places" (2009)

Preface to a book anthologizing poems about and in honor of Wallace Stevens.