Lisa Robertson on Close Listening

Lisa Robertson talks with me about her new book, Cinema of the Present, and its form; rethinking lyric and epic poetry through feminism; experimentation and/or subjectivity; prose versus verse; the persistence of beauty, pleasure, and the aesthetic; early connections to the Kootenay School of Writing; living bilingually in France and the bubble of monolingualism; soft architecture; writing essays for visual arts publications; and seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. Close Listening is produced for Clocktower Radio in association with PennSound. 

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Robertson was born in Toronto. Her life as a poet began in the 1990s in Vancouver, BC, in and around the Kootenay School of Writing. Her books include XEclogue, Debbie: An Epic, The Men, R’s Boat, Cinema of the Present, and 3 Summers, her most recent book (from Coach House). She also has a collection of essays, Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture. Robertson presently lives in France.

Also new on Close Listening: A conversation with Will Alexander: MP3

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