Rachel Blau DuPlessis
DuPlessis’s major work as a poet is the long poem Drafts, which she began in 1986 and published the final installment of in 2012: Surge: Drafts 96-114. Other books in the project include Drafts 1-38, Toll (2001), Drafts. Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft, unnumbered: Précis (2004), Torques: Drafts 58-76 (2007), Pitch: Drafts 77-95 (2010), and The Collage Poems of Drafts (2011). As Patrick Pritchett has noted, DuPlessis’s work as both a scholar and critic is based “on the logic of the provisional and the contingent.” Drafts is itself an open text, ongoing and investigatory;in the words of poet and critic Ron Silliman, “DuPlessis’s Drafts begins more with questions than answers, literally in Draft 1 chasing a bird in the bush, sensing that the right answers need to be further questions.”
A professor at Temple University for many years, DuPlessis retired in 2011. In 2012, she was a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Auckland. She has also held an appointment with the National Humanities Center in North Carolina and a residency at Bellagio sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. DuPlessis’s many honors and awards include a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize, Temple University’s Creative Achievement Award, and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Fund for Poetry.
Poems By RACHEL BLAU DUPLESSIS
Audio & PodcastsPoem Talk
Fierce Storehouses of Articulation: A Discussion of Rachel Blau DuPlessis's "Draft 85: Hard Copy"
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Ron Silliman, Jessica Lowenthal, and Randall Couch.