And so, beginning in September of 2020, and carrying on, with occasional interruptions and dilations, until the next April, we read from the first page of J.H. Prynne’s PARKLAND to the last. After that first pass through the nineteen sections, we gathered all the emails and printed them out. In their raw form they told the story of an evolving, dialogic critical encounter, written not from the omniscient vantage of the reader who has got to the last page, but in real time and close to the ground—each linguistic event, as we encountered it, blocking our view of the pages ahead.
Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Essay. Literary Criticism.
Jeff Dolven is a poet and a scholar of poetry in no particular order. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, and in a collection, Speculative Music; his books of criticism include Senses of Style and In Other Words. He teaches at Princeton University and is an editor-at-large at Cabinet magazine.
Joshua Kotin is Associate Professor of English at Princeton University. His research and teaching focus on poetry and poetics, global modernism, and US literature. He received his B.A. from McGill University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Utopias of One (Princeton University Press, 2018).