Acclaimed poet Alice Notley will deliver the 2017-2018 Munro Beattie lecture at Carleton University. Celebrated as one of the greatest living American poets, Notley is the author of over forty books of poetry and critical prose. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious literary awards, including the Griffin International Poetry Prize for her book Disobedience in 2002. Mysteries of Small Houses was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1999. Born in Arizona, Notley grew up in California. Having lived in England and numerous American locales including New York City and Chicago, Notley has resided in Paris since 1992.
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Entitled “Remember Before You Were Born” and inspired by a long-ago reading of Laura Riding’s The Telling, Notley’s lecture details her attempts to remember the time before her birth, as well as her existence as an infant, in order to invite that memory and knowledge into her present life as a poet. Flouting the boundaries of genre, the lecture is written in a style that blends poetry and prose, and continues Notley’s ongoing exploration of the possibilities and limitations of language in articulating a fuller perception of the self and its relation to the world.