Friday, September 3, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Elizabeth Gregory will be in conversation with Jennifer Chang.

While the later work of the great Modernist poet Marianne Moore was hugely popular during her final two decades, since her death critics have condemned it as trivial. This book challenges that assessment: with fresh readings of many of the late poems and of the iconic, cross-dressing public persona Moore developed to deliver them, Apparition of Splendor demonstrates that Moore used her late-life celebrity to activate egalitarian principles that had long animated her poetry, in daring and innovative ways. Dressed as George Washington in cape and tricorn and writing about accessible topics, she reached a wide cross-section of Americans, engaging them in consideration of what democracy means in their daily lives, around issues of gender, sexuality, racial integration, class, age, immigration, and species-ism. Her work resonates with that of her younger contemporaries, including poets like John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, and Elizabeth Bishop, and artists like Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, and Ray Johnson.

ELIZABETH GREGORY is the Taylor Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Professor of English at the University of Houston, and Director of the UH WGSS Program and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality. Her two research areas are modern poetry and women’s work & fertility. She is the author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood and Quotation and Modern American Poetry: “‘Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads,’” and the editor of two collections of essays on Marianne Moore, Twenty-First Century Marianne Moore: Essays from a Critical Renaissance (with co-editor Stacy Carson Hubbard) and The Critical Response to Marianne Moore, with a new edition of Moore’s late poetry notebook forthcoming at Her blog, Domestic Product: Later Motherhood and the Politics & Economics of Women’s Work, is at

JENNIFER CHANG is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. New poems appear or are forthcoming in American Poetry ReviewGeorgia Review, Yale Review, and A Public Space, and her essays on poetry and poetics have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, New Literary History, and critical collections on the Harlem Renaissance and Asian American literature and culture. She teaches in the creative writing programs at the University of Texas in Austin. 


Apparition of Splendor: Marianne Moore Performing Democracy through Celebrity, 1952–1970 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644531969
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Published: University of Delaware Press - August 13th, 2021