Uncontrollable Materialities: Experimental Poetry and the Body in Performance Michel Delville (University of Liège; CIPA) This paper examines the importance of food as a pivotal element – both materially and metaphorically – in the recent history of the American avant-garde. The performance poets/artists discussed here explore the conjunction of art and foodstuff in ways that encourage a reappraisal of contemporary notions of the body, language and subjectivity. In the works of Eleanor Antin, Carolee Schneeman, Karen Finley, Alicia Rios and others, the manipulation and consumption of food develops both as a destabilizing and a liberating element in a process that describes and complicates the relationship between diet and discourse. As the mouth that speaks becomes the mouth that eats and participates actively in the dialectics of projection and introjection, the “embouchured” self brings about a continuous alteration of the distinction between self and world, production and consumption. Detailed and extended discussion of specific texts and performances reveal these artists’ attempts to describe the avatars of a lyric self caught in a process that brings about a continuous alteration of the distinction between body and world, diet and discourse, self and matter, inside and outside, between what is I and what is not (or no-longer or not-yet) I.