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Listening to Reading
     

Listening to Reading

by Stephen Ratcliffe
 

ISBN-10: 0791445046

ISBN-13: 9780791445044

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Contends that "experimental" writing--from Mallarme, Stein, and Cage to contemporary poets of the eighties and nineties--can teach us much about how we write and read both poetry and criticism.

Listening to Reading presents two different kinds of writing about poetry—“critical analysis” and “performance”—both of which pay

Overview

Contends that "experimental" writing--from Mallarme, Stein, and Cage to contemporary poets of the eighties and nineties--can teach us much about how we write and read both poetry and criticism.

Listening to Reading presents two different kinds of writing about poetry—“critical analysis” and “performance”—both of which pay particular attention to sound, shape, and the relation of sound/shape to meaning. It offers a critical and performative presentation of experimental writing, also known as avant garde, postmodern, innovative, and language writing. Less concerned with labels than with asking how this writing works, it invites us to read from earlier works by Mallarme, Stein, and Cage to books published in the eighties and nineties by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, David Bromige, Clark Coolidge, Beverly Dahlen, Michael Davidson, Larry Eigner, Robert Grenier, Lyn Hejinian, Paul Hoover, Susan Howe, Ron Padgett, Michael Palmer, and Leslie Scalapino—writers whose work is viewed as difficult, and who have as yet been largely ignored by criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791445044
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

...sound...shape...meaning...

Con( )Text

The Asymptote of Elsewhere

[Echoes]

Writing [Echoes] Writing

Notes on Sound

Memo/ Re: Reading Stein

Reading (Cage) Silence

Writing/Re: Memory

[Signature]

Grenier's "Scrawl"

Mallarme: poem in prose

Listening to Reading

Sound (Shape) as Thought

Eigner's "Scores"

Idea's Mirror

Utter Mimesis

Writing A Reading

Cracking the Code

Reading Sun

Supernatural Duet

Knowledge

Axis of Simultaneities

The Landscapes (Body) of the Poem

Notes

Index

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