James Davies, a minimalist poet and PhD research student in the Department of English and Creative Writing, is set to have his book-length poem stack and accompanying thesis published by one of the UK's most prestigious poetry publishers, Carcanet Press.
Posted: 9 January 2017
Davies is one of the first minimalist poets to also write a critical academic thesis about the poetic form, through a process called creative practice. The pioneering thesis called stack: Contemporary Minimalist Poetics explores new ways of reading minimalist poetry by evaluating his own poem, and other practitioners' works.
Davies' accompanying minimalist poem, stack, creates new meanings by grouping together short phrases that describe actions outside of their original context.
Minimalist poetry began in New York City in the late 1960s. The poetry is recognisable by its lack of story and its focus on words; minimalist poems can be as short as one or two words. Davies' work is influenced by poets such as Aram Saroyan and Robert Grenier.
Davies said 'Carcanet is well known for publishing incredibly wonderful poets, a number of whom I am mad about. To be on a list which has published people like William Carlos Williams, Tom Raworth, Inger Christensen, Thomas A. Clark, Philip Terry and Matthew Welton to whom stack owes a debt is a terrific feeling.'
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