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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."
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.
|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|
|23||Let s(a) = A Visual Inquiry||377|
|24||An Indispensable Coefficient of Esthetic Order||381|
|26||spiderwasp or literary criticism||404|
|Acknowledgments & Permissions||435|