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MSU professors talk about the poetics of texting April 15 at Bozeman Public Library

March 26, 2010

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Robert Bennett, assistant professor of English at Montana State University, and visiting English professor Ben Leubner, will explore the links between American poetry and new information technologies at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the Bozeman Public Library's Community Meeting Room.

"The Poetics of Texting and Twittering" will be preceded by a reception, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Bennett and Leubner will demonstrate how art and technology can work together and how poets have led the way in the evolution of the American language as not only the first, but also some of the best, texters and twitterers.

"Poets such as Robert Creeley and James Schuyler anticipated today's twittering and texting by nearly half a century," Bennett said. "Their poems provide seemingly mundane updates about their daily lives, using grammatically suspect sentence structure and shorthand notation to great effect."

The program, which celebrates April as National Poetry Month, is a joint project of the Bozeman Public Library, Friends of Bozeman Public Library, MSU Department of English and the MSU Libraries.

For more information, please contact the Bozeman Public Library at 582-2400 or the MSU Department of English at 994-3768.

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