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Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight

Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight

by Alan Gilbert
     
 

How do we write and think about poetry and visual art in the wake of postmodernism? Questions like this are central to poetry and art, especially when taught within an academic context. Another Future is a collection of critical essays on contemporary poetry, art, culture, and politics that investigates the current state of these fields by bringing together

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How do we write and think about poetry and visual art in the wake of postmodernism? Questions like this are central to poetry and art, especially when taught within an academic context. Another Future is a collection of critical essays on contemporary poetry, art, culture, and politics that investigates the current state of these fields by bringing together writings on the work of a number of poets and visual artists. Reading the social poetically and poetry socially, Gilbert illuminates poetic and artistic practices in the present and creates a new discourse for thinking beyond postmodernism. Both meticulous and comprehensive, Another Future makes an important contribution to the critical discussion of contemporary poetry and cultural aesthetics.

Essays cover authors, artists, and topics such as the Barbie Liberation Organization, Anselm Berrigan, Brenda Coultas, documentary aesthetics, Benjamin Friedlander, globalization, Andreas Gursky, Renee Gladman, Kevin Killian, David LaChapelle, Harryette Mullen, Mark Nowak, Keith Piper, pirate radio, “post-black” art, Martha Rosler, Edward Sanders, Andrew Schelling, Allan Sekula, September 11th, Prageeta Sharma, Roberto Tejada, Lorenzo Thomas, Anne Waldman, and the Zapatistas.

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From the Publisher
“For those who wonder at the meaning (and the why) of much contemporary high and low culture—and where did it spring from, where is it going—Mr. Gilbert offers plenty of interesting ideas, concepts, and explanations, using a wide range of examples (there are a generous amount of illustrations) that intrigue and illuminate.”—Iconoclast

"Alan Gilbert's collection of essays contributes to a distressingly small field-interdisciplinary studies of contemporary poetry. Very few books about recent poetry place the work in larger contexts-whether those be political, cultural, historical, or artistic... Gilbert's critiques hit the mark with occasional brilliance... What's wonderful about Another Future is its attention to marvelous, underappreciated poets and the care with which Gilbert reads them."
American Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819567840
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
03/27/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Ammiel Alcalay
“As the theoretical bubble bursts, Alan Gilbert brings us back to the attention poetry demands, with its local nuances, terms, and conditions. With referential breadth and political acuity, Another Future deftly traces cultures in the making within the confines of social space.”
Peter Gizzi
“Gilbert is brilliant. With a clear and intelligent prose style that is intellectually rigorous and jargon-free, he has found a vital and useful vocabulary with which to describe and investigate what's really new in North American poetry.”

Meet the Author

Alan Gilbert is an independent scholar and poet. He lives in Brooklyn, New York

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