Verse and Worse: Selected and New Poems of Steve McCaffery 1989-2009

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Verse and Worse: Selected and New Poems of Steve McCaffery 1989–2009 presents texts from the last two decades of work by Steve McCaffery, one of the most influential and innovative of contemporary poets. The volume focuses on selections from McCaffery’s major texts, including The Black Debt, Theory of Sediment, The Cheat of Words, and Slightly Left of Thinking, but also features a substantial number of previously ungathered poems. As playful as they are cerebral, McCaffery’s poems stage an incessant departure ...

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Verse and Worse: Selected and New Poems of Steve McCaffery 1989–2009 presents texts from the last two decades of work by Steve McCaffery, one of the most influential and innovative of contemporary poets. The volume focuses on selections from McCaffery’s major texts, including The Black Debt, Theory of Sediment, The Cheat of Words, and Slightly Left of Thinking, but also features a substantial number of previously ungathered poems. As playful as they are cerebral, McCaffery’s poems stage an incessant departure from conventional lyrical and narrative methods of making meaning. For those encountering McCaffery’s work for the first time as well as for those who have followed the twists and turns of his astonishingly heterogeneous poetic trajectory over the past four decades—this volume is essential reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554581887
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Series: Laurier Poetry Series
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Wershler is the author or co-author of ten books, most recently The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting (2007) and, with Bill Kennedy, apostrophe (2006). The former senior editor of Coach House Books, Wershler is an assistant professor of communication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, faculty at the Canadian Film Centre Interactive Art and Entertainment Program, and a research affiliate of the IP Osgoode Intellectual Property Law & Technology prog

Steve McCaffery is the author of over twenty-five books of poetry and criticism. He has twice been awarded the Gertrude Stein Award for innovative poetry and twice shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. His poems have been published in more than a dozen countries. A long-time resident of Toronto, he is currently the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters, University at Buffalo.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Neil Besner Besner, Neil

Biographical Note

Introduction Darren Wershler Wershler, Darren

A Theory of the Lyric 1

from Teachable Texts 2

from Theory of Sediment: The Curve to Its Answer 13

A Child's History of Rhetoric Caught as It Happens 18

from The Entries 19

A Few Donuts from an Hommagiste or: Bad Modernism 23

from Some Versions of Pastoral 26

Apologia Pro Vita Sua 28

Coleridge in Calgary (ars poetica 4) 29

Ephemera 34

from Lag 35

from An Effect of Cellophane 39

Oedipus Meets the Abstract Machine 41

Suggestion but No Insult 42

The Dangers of Poetry (for Italo Calvino) 43

The Lone Ranger in Arcadia 44

Restricted Translation with Imperfect Level Shift (after Basho) 45

The Poem as a Thing to See 46

The View from Here 47

Tyrolean Night 48

A Map 57

Correlata for a Cryptogram 58

The Logic of Six 59

First Vico Meditation 63

Second Vico Meditation 64

Digital Poetics 65

Prior to Meaning 66

Afterword Steve McCaffery McCaffery, Steve 67

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