Poetry on and off the Page: Essays for Emergent Occasions

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The fourteen essays that make up this collection have as their common theme a reconsideration of the role historical and cultural change has played in the evolution of twentieth-century poetry and poetics. Committed to the notion that, in John Ashbery's words, "You can't say it that way anymore," Poetry On & Off the Page describes the formations and transformations of literary and artistic discourses, and traces these discourses as they have evolved in their dialogue with history, culture, and society. The volume is testimony to the important role that contemporary artistic practice will continue to play as we move into the twenty-first century.
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Marjorie Perloff is the Sadie Dernham Patek professor of Humanities at Stanford University. She is the author of many books of literary criticism, including Poetic License: Essays on Modernist and Postmodernist Lyric and The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage, both published by Northwestern University Press.

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Table of Contents

1 Postmodernism / Fin de Siecle: Defining "Difference" in Late Twentieth-Century Poetics 3
2 Tolerance and Taboo: Modernist Primitivisms and Postmodernist Pieties 34
3 "Barbed-Wire Entanglements": The "New American Poetry," 1930-32 51
4 "A Step Away from Them": Poetry 1956 83
5 Lucent and Inescapable Rhythms: Metrical "Choice" and Historical Formation 116
6 After Free Verse: The New Nonlinear Poetries 141
7 What We Don't Talk about When We Talk about Poetry: Some Aporias of Literary Journalism 168
8 English as a "Second" Language: Mina Loy's "Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose" 193
9 Poetry in Time of War: The Duncan-Levertov Controversy 208
10 How Russian Is It: Lyn Hejinian's Oxota 222
11 What Really Happened: Roland Barthes's Winter Garden/Christian Boltanski's Archives of the Dead 243
12 "Inner Tension / In Attention": Steve McCaffery's Book Art 264
13 The Music of Verbal Space: John Cage's "What You Say ..." 290
14 The Morphology of the Amorphous: Bill Viola's Videoscapes 309
Notes 323
Illustration Sources 357
Poetry Sources 363
Index 365
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