Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action

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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, ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566891585
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction
Talking poetics
In this place called America 7
Workshop 30
"A little endarkenment : and in my poetry you find me" 45
Irreparables, I : an essay-ode 70
The poetics of disobedience 91
On translation 96
From the gone world 111
Panel on personal geography 122
Ancestral presences
Symbiosis 137
A tribute to Sappho 160
On the ballad 175
The Wang River sequence, a prospectus 184
A brief history of the early prose poem 190
Dharma poetics
Comment, Dharma poetics panel 203
Burroughs and Dharma 206
No one spoke : Chogyam Trungpa's teachings of Dharma art 224
Revolutionary poetics
Revolutionary poetics 243
Hieroglyphics and money 267
Lokapala : interview 289
Lecture 294
Panel : politics of identity 301
Femanifestos 326
How to see through poetry : myth perception and history 338
Gnosis & aesthetics
Courting the muse 357
A reverie on the making of a poem 367
Death, shivers, and the tick of poetic stress 376
Beauty trouble : identity and difference in the tradition of the aesthetic 383
The art of melancholy 393
Form and culture 399
Documents
Statement for panel on Robert Duncan 413
Notes on intention and editing 418
Statement for panel on gender 420
Yo, self/yo, Maximus 423
The infinite amount of work to be done 426
For a minor art : publishing & poetry 431
Statement on the events of September 11, 2001 435
Nomad : century : ahead 436
Torch song (prose is a prose is a prose) 440
Interview 447
Diversityrap 455
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