Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word / Edition 1

Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word / Edition 1

by Charles Bernstein
     
 

Close Listening brings together seventeen strikingly original essays, especially written for this volume, on the poetry reading, the sound of poetry, and the visual performance of poetry. While the performance of poetry is as old as poetry itself, critical attention to modern and postmodern poetry performance has been surprisingly slight. This volume, featuring

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Close Listening brings together seventeen strikingly original essays, especially written for this volume, on the poetry reading, the sound of poetry, and the visual performance of poetry. While the performance of poetry is as old as poetry itself, critical attention to modern and postmodern poetry performance has been surprisingly slight. This volume, featuring work by critics and poets such as Marjorie Perloff, Susan Stewart, Johanna Drucker, Dennis Tedlock, and Susan Howe, is the first comprehensive introduction to the ways in which twentieth-century poetry has been practiced as a performance art. From the performance styles of individual poets and types of poetry to the relation of sound to meaning, from historical and social approaches to poetry readings to new imaginations of prosody, the entries gathered here investigate a compelling range of topics for anyone interested in poetry. Taken together, these essays encourage new forms of "close listenings"—not only to the printed text of poems but also to tapes, performances, and other expressions of the sounded and visualized word. The time is right for such a volume: with readings, spoken word events, and the Web gaining an increasing audience for poetry, Close Listening opens a number of new avenues for the critical discussion of the sound and performance of poetry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195109924
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction3
1Letter on Sound29
2The Aural Ellipsis and the Nature of Listening in Contemporary Poetry53
3Praxis: A Political Economy of Noise and Information73
4After Free Verse: The New Nonlinear Poetries86
5Ether Either111
6Visual Performance of the Poetic Text131
7Voice in Extremis162
8Toward a Poetics of Polyphony and Translatability178
9Speech Effects: The Talk as a Genre200
10Sound Reading217
11Understanding the Sound of Not Understanding233
12The Contemporary Poetry Reading262
13Neon Griot: The Functional Role of Poetry Readings in the Black Arts Movement300
14Was That "Different," "Dissident" or "Dissonant"? Poetry (n) the Public Spear: Slams, Open Readings, and Dissident Traditions324
15Local Vocals: Hawai'i's Pidgin Literature, Performance, and Postcoloniality343
Afterword: Who Speaks: Ventriloquism and the Self in the Poetry Reading360
Audio Resources379
Bibliography385

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