The Self-Reflexive Turn

22 06 2009

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I’ve added a new page to the Theory & Criticism portion of this blog.  It’s called “The Self-Reflexive Turn,” and it contains poems that not only have turns in them but draw attention to those turns by, in fact, calling them “turns.”  Here are two of the new page’s poems:

“Sonnet,” by Bernadette Mayer

“In this strange labyrinth, how shall I turn?,” by Lady Mary Wroth

Interesting in themselves, I think, such self-reflexiveness also offers further evidence of the degree to which poets are aware of the importance of the turn in poems.  Check out the new page–and let me know of other poems that employ self-reflexive mention of the turn.

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