From the Podium to the Second Row

Christopher Grobe

in This Business of Words

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2016 | ISBN: 9780813062204
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780813051895 | DOI:
From the Podium to the Second Row

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“From the Podium to the Second Row” argues that Sexton’s readings deserve to be remembered as performance, at least in this more-than-theatrical sense, and (assured of this caveat) Sexton herself would have argued the point. Poetry readings, in turn, were “a reliving of the experience, that is, they are happening all over again” (No Evil Star 108). So, if what’s “happening” in performance is what’s “happening” in the poem—and if it’s hard to tell the difference between these and what’s happening in real life—well, this, for Sexton, was a mark of her performative success.

Keywords: Performative success; Poetry Readings; Performance; Anne Sexton

Chapter.  8549 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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