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David Kennedy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319778

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319778.001.0001

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Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Wendy Mulford:

Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Wendy Mulford:

Lyric Transformations

(p.51) Chapter 4 Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Wendy Mulford:
Women's Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970-2010

David Kennedy

Christine Kennedy

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines what form of social being can be conveyed in poetry by focusing on women’s experimental poetry in Britain. More specifically, it analyses the lyric poems of Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Wendy Mulford, both of whom are concerned with the question of who is produced in and by the writing when ‘I’ writes a poem. It first considers Forrest-Thomson’s work in the context of good and bad naturalisation, as well as her conception of tradition. It then turns to Mulford’s notion of tradition within the context of feminism and her efforts to write politics as lyric and/or lyric as politics.

Keywords:   women, experimental poetry, Britain, lyric poems, Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Wendy Mulford, tradition, feminism, politics, naturalisation

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