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The Lyrical Obsession with Matter: Marinetti's "Technical Manifesto of Futurist Literature" and West Coast Poetry (lecture)

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m. (lecture), 4:30–6:00 p.m. (reception and exhibition viewing)
Location: Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall (lecture and reception), and Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery (exhibition viewing)
Admission: Free; reservations required.

In conjunction with the exhibition A Tumultuous Assembly: Visual Poems of the Italian Futurists, poet Paul Vangelisti examines F.T. Marinetti's 1912 "Technical Manifesto of Futurist Literature" and the influence it has had on 20th-century American poetry.

Vangelisti begins with a look at Marinetti's attendance at the Nightmare Exhibition at London's Sackville Gallery in 1912 and the impression this visit made on the young Ezra Pound and his circle. A close reading of Marinetti's "Technical Manifesto" underscores the exemplary poetics contained in this lesser known Futurist text and the influence of Poundian writing on innovative West Coast poets and poetics. The lecture concludes with critical citations and readings of poems by three generations of West Coast poets, including George Oppen, Jack Spicer, Philip Whalen, Joanne Kyger, Leslie Scalapino, Brenda Hillman, Gillian Conoley, and Standard Schaefer.

About Paul Vangelisti
Paul Vangelisti is founding chair of the graduate writing program at Otis College of Art and Design. His recent publication with Lucia Re, a translation of Amelia Rosselli's War Variations (2005), won the 2006 Premio Flaiano in Italy and the 2006 PEN USA Award for Translation. From 1971 to 1982 Vangelisti was coeditor, with John McBride, of the literary magazine Invisible City, and from 1993 to 2002 he edited Ribot, the annual publication of the College of Neglected Science. Vangelisti is the author of 20 books of poetry, including the recently published collection Days Shadows Pass (2006). He is currently coediting with Luigi Ballerini Nuova poesia Americana, a five-volume anthology of American poetry from 1960 to the present.

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