Pleasure in the Gap: Kate Lilley's Cross-Pollinated Poetic and Academic Discourses

John Sheehy


Kate Lilley's poetry is a chiasmus of academic and poetic discourse. This essay traces a number of enduring features of Lilley's verse: explicit references to writing and reading, a dissolved synthesis of form and content, and challenges to conventions of genre. These key features - characteristic of the American Language Writing tradition - position readers of Lilley's first anthology, 'Versary', in a number of (false) gaps. These are the fissures between the familiar and unfamiliar, the high and low brow, TV Week and a dictionary of rhetorical terminology.

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