Though some scholars have recognized how Robert Lowell problematizes gender and sexuality in his poetry, a full treatment of “queerness” in his work has yet to be undertaken. This article interrogates “queerness” in Lowell’s poetry and prose, and argues that Lowell’s queer poetics is articulated through the prism of abjection. Moreover, it claims that Lowell, in the face of abjection, uses queer transformation to “break loose” from the confines of his own gender and sexuality.

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