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    'This Face of Glee...This Terrifying Sound': Sean Bonney Through the Soundhole, Where Bonney IS

    Willey, Stephen (2022) 'This Face of Glee...This Terrifying Sound': Sean Bonney Through the Soundhole, Where Bonney IS. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry 14 (1), ISSN 1758-972X.

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    This article delineates Sean Bonney’s ambivalence towards 20th Century sound poetry and his complex relationship with sound and visual poet Bob Cobbing (1920-2002). To do this the article reads one of Bonney’s early poems ‘For Bob, Cobbing Through the Soundhole, Where Cobbing IS’ – a poem Bonney read at Cobbing’s funeral – alongside Our Death, Bonney’s last book. The way Bonney responded to Cobbing’s life and death may offer a guide to how we respond to Our Death after Bonney’s. In their shared commitment to counter state violence, the article identifies an anti-Thatcherite politics alongside a poetics of vulnerability and hospitality, which they extend to each other, to the interned, the displaced and the dispossessed.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Bob Cobbing, Writers Forum, Sound Poetry, Henri Chopin, Etal Adnan, Margaret Thatcher, affect, teargas, obsolescence, vulnerability, refugee studies
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Poetics Research Centre
    Depositing User: Stephen Willey
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2022 10:56
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:53


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