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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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Harriet Tarlo, Elizabeth Bletsoe and Helen Macdonald:

Harriet Tarlo, Elizabeth Bletsoe and Helen Macdonald:

‘Being Outside’

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(p.115) Chapter 8 Harriet Tarlo, Elizabeth Bletsoe and Helen Macdonald:
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Women's Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970-2010
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David Kennedy

Christine Kennedy

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319778.003.0008

This chapter examines the experimental poetry of Harriet Tarlo, Elizabeth Bletsoe and Helen Macdonald. In particular, it highlights the prominent place of the natural world in the three women poets’ work, from Tarlo’s Foil: Defining Poetry 1985–2000 (2000) to Bletsoe’s Landscape from a Dream (2008) and Macdonald’s Shaler’s Fish (2001). It considers the idea of nature as knowledge converges with the ‘radical landscape’ poetry with which Tarlo has been closely associated, as well as Bletsoe’s mêlée of apparently mutually exclusive utterances that seems to work transformatively. It also explores how women and place voice and envoice each other in Bletsoe’s poems before concluding with a discussion of ‘Taxonomy’, the opening poem of Macdonald’s Shaler’s Fish (2001).

Keywords:   experimental poetry, Harriet Tarlo, Elizabeth Bletsoe, Helen Macdonald, natural world, women poets, Landscape from a Dream, Shaler’s Fish, nature, radical landscape poetry

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