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Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action
     

Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action

by Anne Waldman (Editor), Lisa Birman (Editor)
 

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As cultural absurdities, apathy-inspiring ambient noise, and political and ecological disasters threaten the 21st-century world, art’s role in engaging society and coalescing dissent becomes more apparent and more urgent. Civil Disobediences offers a manual for understanding poetry’s history and enacting its ultimate power to dismantle and

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As cultural absurdities, apathy-inspiring ambient noise, and political and ecological disasters threaten the 21st-century world, art’s role in engaging society and coalescing dissent becomes more apparent and more urgent. Civil Disobediences offers a manual for understanding poetry’s history and enacting its ultimate power to dismantle and recreate political and cultural realities.

Composed of essays, lectures and teaching materials by leading contemporary poets and scholars, this anthology explores the craft of poetry, as well as the history of poetic/political action in the U.S. and abroad, the development of ancient and modern poetic forms, the legacy of world-renowned poets, and the intersections between poetry and spirituality. It also provides concrete advice about bringing poetry into your local community and ensuring that “poetry is news that stays news.”

Editor Anne Waldman is an internationally acclaimed poet, performer, cultural activist, and distinguished -professor of poetics at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is the author of over 40 books, including Vow to Poetry: Essays, Interviews, & Manifestos and the recent collection In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems 1985–2003.

Editor Lisa Birman is a poet and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Her books include Some Things—Poems and Translations, Deportation Poems, and the forthcoming possibly. Birman is the co-founder of Movie Star Press and co-director of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program.

Contributors include: Helen Adam, Ammiel Alcalay, Amiri Baraka, Ted Berrigan, Robin Blaser, Reed Bye, Jack Collum, Robert Creeley, Samuel R. Delany, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alan Gilbert, Allen Ginsberg, James Grauerholtz, Barbara Guest, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anselm Hollo, Laird Hunt, Pierre Joris, Joanne Kyger, Ann Lauterbach, Harryette Mullen, Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, Michael Ondaatje, Sonia Sanchez, Edward Sanders, Eleni Sikelianos, Gary Snyder, Cole Swenson, Arthur Sze, Steven Taylor, Robert Tejada, Lorenzo Thomas and more.

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In her introduction, editor Waldman, a latter-day Beat poet, teacher, and author, cites a "disturbing disjunct or rip in our culture that calls for an articulate active response to the current repressive agenda" and asks if poetry can make a difference. Taken together, the interviews, talks, lectures, essays, polemics, and discussion transcripts included here answer in a loud and multivoiced affirmative. The pieces come from young poets as well as the older avant-garde: the Beats, the New York School of Poets, and others, including Amiri Baraka, Ted Berrigan, Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, Michael Ondaatje, Sonia Sanchez, and Gary Snyder. Some contributions serve as a handbook for the poet-activist. Waldman's "Femanifestos," for instance, offers future women writers and dissenters opposed to war and injustice a set of directives for effective engagement with a repressive culture. Baraka's "Lecture" on the importance of language as history alone is worth the price, but this mixed bag will be useful to students at the secondary level and higher, as well as general readers interested in literature or politics. Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566891585
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Waldman is an internationally renowned poet, performer, and Distinguished Professor of Poetics at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is the co-editor of Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action and the author of over forty books, including In the Room of Never Grieve and Vow to Poetry: Essays, Interviews, & Manifestos. Lisa Birman is a poet and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Her chapbooks include Some Things - Poems and Translations and deportation poems, and her work has been published in Poetry Project Newsletter, FIR8, Bombay Gin, The Australian Writer and The Melbourne Poets Union Anthology. Her next chapbook, possibly, is forthcoming from Barefoot Books. Lisa is the co-founder of Movie Star Press and co-director of Naropa University's Summer Writing Program.

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