Retallack’s experimental poetics and poetry emphasize alterity and imagination, and increasingly examine what she described in a Jacket essay as “the languages of description.” A recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry, Retallack’s Errata 5uite (1993) was selected by renowned poet Robert Creeley to receive the Columbia Book Award. Hank Lazer of RIF/T review praised Errata 5uite, calling it “philosophical and playful, intelligent and error-prone.”
As the author of numerous critical studies, including The Poethical Wager (2003), Retallack has also published a volume on Gertrude Stein and a book of conversations with American composer and poet John Cage and written essays for Poetics Journal, Parnassus, and the Washington Review of the Arts. Her awards include an American Award in Belles-Lettres, a Pushcart Prize, and grants from the Lannan Foundation for poetry and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Retallack currently teaches poetry and poetics as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College, where she is a director of the Language & Thinking program.
Audio & PodcastsPoem Talk
Obscure Things Have Already Been Said: A Discussion of Joan Retallack's "Not a Cage"
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Jonathan Monroe, Jena Osman, and Danny Snelson.