INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series: Rob Fitterman
Flying in from New York City, the American poet Rob Fitterman will be speaking about a range of his experimental writing.
“I like subjectivity, it just doesn’t have to be my own.” Fitterman wrote this maxim over a decade ago, and his work continues to investigate ways in which found language can create a collective articulation of affect. His books often highlight and celebrate the shared pool of such articulations, and, at the same time, continually point to how our expression is mediated in our digital moment, by directing the reader to sources outside of Fitterman’s singular personal expression. We can hear this chorus of “personal” expression especially in No, Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself — a book length dramatic monologue in verse that relentless expresses feelings of sadness and loneliness, or in his new book I Love You Forever, No Matter — which collects expression of love and the inability to describe love. In both of these books, Fitterman combs through thousands of sources to weave together a fluid, seamless collective voice.
In his latest work, Nevermind, Fitterman slows down the lyrics of Nirvana’s iconic album by the same title to a 700 page minimalist poem. Here, too, the notion of personal subjectivity is challenged, as the lyrics in this new minimalist context seem to speak through and from all of us. In each of these works, Fitterman presents a vision of how personal expression can be realized in a digital age.
Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including I Love You Forever, No Matter (Counterpath 2016), Nevermind (Wonder Books, 2016), and Rob’s Word Shop (Ugly Duckling Press, forthcoming, 2017), No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, and Veer [London] 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Metropolis — a long poem in 4 separate volumes. He has collaborated with several visual artists, including: Serkan Ozkaya, Dirk Rowntree, Nayland Blake, Fia Backström, Tim Davis and Klaus Killisch. He is the founding member of the international artists and writers collective, Collective Task. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies.
This event is part of the INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series 2016/17 organised by Professor Simon Morris. For more information on the series visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/insideout.