Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s / Edition 1

Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s / Edition 1

by Mark Wallace
     
 

The finest essays from the newest generation of critics and poet-critics are gathered together in this volume documenting the growth in readership and awareness of avant-garde poetries.

This collection demonstrates the breadth and openness of the field of avant-garde poetry by introducing a wide range of work in poetics, theory, and criticism from emerging

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Overview

The finest essays from the newest generation of critics and poet-critics are gathered together in this volume documenting the growth in readership and awareness of avant-garde poetries.

This collection demonstrates the breadth and openness of the field of avant-garde poetry by introducing a wide range of work in poetics, theory, and criticism from emerging writers. Examining the directions innovative poetry has taken since the emergence and success of the Language movement, the essays discuss new forms and the reorientation of older forms of poetry in order to embody present and ongoing involvements. The essays center around four themes: the relation between poetics and contemporary cultural issues; new directions for avant-garde practices; in-depth explorations of current poets and their predecessors; and innovative approaches to the essay form or individual poetics.

Diverging from the traditional, linear argumentative style of academic criticism, many of the essays in this collection instead find critical forms more subtly related to poetry. Viewed as a whole, the essays return to a number of shared issues, namely poetic form and the production of present-day poetry. While focusing on North American poetry, the collection does reference the larger world of contemporary poetics, including potential biases and omissions based on race and ethnicity.

This is cutting-edge criticism at its finest, essential reading for students and scholars of avant-garde poetry, of interest to anyone interested in contemporary American literature and poetry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817310974
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Modern & Contemporary Poetics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Introduction to Writing from the New Coast11
2How Pastoral: A Manifesto21
3Poetry and Identity27
4Anarchism and Culture33
5America, a Lineage41
6Remote Parsee: An Alternative Grammar of Asian North American Poetry43
7Avant-Garde without Agonism?79
8A Flicker at the Edge of Things: Some Thoughts on Lyric Poetry95
9Investigating the Procedure: Poetry and the Source115
10A cyber-Editor's statement131
11Unrecognizable Texts: From Multicultural to Antisystemic Writing145
12Raw Matter: A Poetics of Disgust161
13Toward a Free Multiplicity of Form191
14Writing at the Crossroads of Languages207
15The Arena in the Garden: Some Thoughts on the Late Lyric225
16Writing from Inside Language: Late Surrealism and Textual Poetry in France and the United States237
17"Multiple" Functioning: Procedural Actions in the Poetry of Tina Darragh255
18Cowgirls Like the Salt Lick: Gender & Some Poem Analysis281
19from "Jetting I Commit the Immortal Spark"301
20make shift323
21ambient stylistics339
22Fugitive367
23Let s(a) = A Visual Inquiry377
24An Indispensable Coefficient of Esthetic Order381
25A Tract395
26spiderwasp or literary criticism404
Contributors429
Acknowledgments & Permissions435
Index439

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