Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media

Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media

by Marjorie Perloff, Majorie Perloff
     
 

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How the negotiation between poetic and media discourses takes place is the subject of Marjorie Perloff's groundbreaking study. Radical Artifice considers what happens when the "natural speech" model inherited from the great Modernist poets comes up against the "natural speech" of the Donahue "talk show," or again, how visual poetics and verse forms are…  See more details below

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How the negotiation between poetic and media discourses takes place is the subject of Marjorie Perloff's groundbreaking study. Radical Artifice considers what happens when the "natural speech" model inherited from the great Modernist poets comes up against the "natural speech" of the Donahue "talk show," or again, how visual poetics and verse forms are responding to the languages of billboards and sound bytes. Among the many poets whose works are discussed are John Ashbery, George Oppen, Susan Howe, Clark Coolidge, Lyn Hejinian, Leslie Scalapino, Charles Bernstein, Johanna Drucker, and Steve McCaffery. But the strongest presence in Perloff's book is John Cage, a "poet" better known as a composer, a philosopher, a printmaker, and one who understood, almost half a century ago, that from now on no word, musical note, painted surface, or theoretical statement could ever again escape "contamination" from the media landscape in which we live. It is under his sign that Radical Artifice was composed.

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Perloff (humanities, Stanford U.) argues that modern poetry is difficult and obscure because it engages and deconstructs the communication model of mass media. Gone, she says, is the insulated, alienated poet of earlier ages. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780226657349
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie Perloff is professor of English emerita at Stanford University and the Florence R. Scott Professor of English Emerita at the University of Southern California. She is the author of many books, including, most recently, Poetics in a New Key and Unoriginal Genius, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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