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

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Some of 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.
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Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s collects essays on the issues driving the poetic generation just now coming to the fore. Edited by George Washington University's Mark Wallace and scholar Steven Marks, the book includes 26 pieces from Steve Evans, Harryette Mullen, Brian Kim Stefans, Kristin Prevallet, Jeff Derksen, Sianne Ngai, Caroline Bergvall, Bill Luoma, Benjamin Friedlander, C.S. Giscombe, Rod Smith, Juliana Spahr and others. Most of the pieces are short, pointed meditations, short on footnotes and long on invention. Capitalism, marginality, disjunction, graphical disruption, race and gender identification, cogent analysis, political and poetic history, disgust, exhaustion, dialogue and agonism figure prominently, often inspiringly.
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"This articulation of the poetics of the constellation of innovative poets has never been gathered with such force and persuasiveness. . . . This book is truly news."
—Charles Bernstein
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817310967
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2001
  • Series: Modern & Contemporary Poetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Wallace is Lecturer in the Department of English at George Washington University. Steven Marks is an independent scholar.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Introduction to Writing from the New Coast 11
2 How Pastoral: A Manifesto 21
3 Poetry and Identity 27
4 Anarchism and Culture 33
5 America, a Lineage 41
6 Remote Parsee: An Alternative Grammar of Asian North American Poetry 43
7 Avant-Garde without Agonism? 79
8 A Flicker at the Edge of Things: Some Thoughts on Lyric Poetry 95
9 Investigating the Procedure: Poetry and the Source 115
10 A cyber-Editor's statement 131
11 Unrecognizable Texts: From Multicultural to Antisystemic Writing 145
12 Raw Matter: A Poetics of Disgust 161
13 Toward a Free Multiplicity of Form 191
14 Writing at the Crossroads of Languages 207
15 The Arena in the Garden: Some Thoughts on the Late Lyric 225
16 Writing from Inside Language: Late Surrealism and Textual Poetry in France and the United States 237
17 "Multiple" Functioning: Procedural Actions in the Poetry of Tina Darragh 255
18 Cowgirls Like the Salt Lick: Gender & Some Poem Analysis 281
19 from "Jetting I Commit the Immortal Spark" 301
20 make shift 323
21 ambient stylistics 339
22 Fugitive 367
23 Let s(a) = A Visual Inquiry 377
24 An Indispensable Coefficient of Esthetic Order 381
25 A Tract 395
26 spiderwasp or literary criticism 404
Contributors 429
Acknowledgments & Permissions 435
Index 439
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