Lisa Robertson

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Lisa Robertson
Born(1961-07-22)July 22, 1961
Toronto, Ontario
Known forPoems, essays
Influenced byDjuna Barnes, Mina Loy, Marguerite Duras, Nicole Brossard, Erin Mouré, Gail Scott, Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, bpNichol, Steve McCaffery, Charles Bernstein
 
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Lisa Robertson
Born(1961-07-22)July 22, 1961
Toronto, Ontario
Known forPoems, essays
Influenced byDjuna Barnes, Mina Loy, Marguerite Duras, Nicole Brossard, Erin Mouré, Gail Scott, Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, bpNichol, Steve McCaffery, Charles Bernstein

Lisa Robertson (born on July 22, 1961 in Toronto) is a Canadian poet who is best known for a collection a poem entitled The Weather, which was inspired by the shipping forecasts announced on BBC radio. She currently lives in France.

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Life

In 1979, she moved to British Columbia, where she remained for twenty-three years. During her time there, she was a member of The Kootenay School of Writing, which is a non-profit society that offers an alternative to the mainstream pedagogy of most Canadian universities.

She has been integrally involved in Vancouver's art scene and is an honorary board member of Artspeak Gallery. She has written on and reviewed exhibitions and pieces by Kelly Wood, Robert Garcet, Liz Magor, Allyson Clay, Kathy Slade, and Hadley+Maxwell, among others. She has also written on architecture and sites in British Columbia. Robertson contributed the "Beneath the Pavilions" column to Mix from 1997-1999.

She co-edited the poetry journal Raddle Moon with Susan Clark in Vancouver, and has worked as an arts journalist, a book seller, a copy editor, an astrologer, a guest lecturer, and an essayist. She has written on the work of Robin Blaser, Denise Riley, Dionne Brand, Peter Culley, Ted Berrigan, John Clare, Lorine Niedecker, Pauline Reage, Michele Bernstein and Albertine Sarrazin.

In 2006, she was a judge of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Holloway poet-in-residence at UC Berkeley. From 2007- 2010 she taught at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In Fall 2010 she was writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

Work

Her work is a deep questioning of language, history and gender.

She intentionally alters her writing style for each book-length work, although tends to not to stray too far from the form of the sentence and the issue of civic referentiality. Robertson refers to pronouns and self-referentiality as masques or puppets.

Many poets and writers have influenced Robertson. She has mentioned Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy, the French feminists, Marguerite Duras, Nicole Brossard, Erin Mouré, Gail Scott, Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, bpNichol, Steve McCaffery, and Charles Bernstein.

The Weather

One of her best known works, The Weather was written following her six-month Judith E Wilson visiting fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Variously described by others as a collection of poems inspired by BBC shipping forecasts, Wordsworths's The Prelude based upon a poetics derived from British meteorology and its importance in contemporary culture and history, Robertson herself suggests "the weather" can refer to culture-specific customs, the problematic concepts of the universal, sincerity, friendship, the constitution of the English subject, and the historical merging of Romantic conceptions of identity and language.

In preparation for its completion, she researched pastoral poetry, meteorological prose, and Anglo-centric subjectivity, guided by authors like Wordsworth, Reverend Blomefield, Luke Howard, Thomas Forster, Aikin, Aratus, John Constable, and William Cobbett.

Selected bibliography

Selected Essays

Selected Interviews and Conversations

References

Notes

  1. ^ "Robertson, Lisa". Dcpoetry.com. http://www.dcpoetry.com/?module=keywords&keyword=Robertson,%20Lisa. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 

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