Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action

Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action


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As cultural absurdities, apathy-inspiring ambient noise, and political and ecological disasters threaten the 21st-century world, art’s role in engaging society and coalescing dissent becomes more apparent and more urgent. Civil Disobediences offers a manual for understanding poetry’s history and enacting its ultimate power to dismantle and recreate political and cultural realities.

Composed of essays, lectures and teaching materials by leading contemporary poets and scholars, this anthology explores the craft of poetry, as well as the history of poetic/political action in the U.S. and abroad, the development of ancient and modern poetic forms, the legacy of world-renowned poets, and the intersections between poetry and spirituality. It also provides concrete advice about bringing poetry into your local community and ensuring that “poetry is news that stays news.”

Editor Anne Waldman is an internationally acclaimed poet, performer, cultural activist, and distinguished -professor of poetics at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is the author of over 40 books, including Vow to Poetry: Essays, Interviews, & Manifestos and the recent collection In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems 1985–2003.

Editor Lisa Birman is a poet and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Her books include Some Things—Poems and Translations, Deportation Poems, and the forthcoming possibly. Birman is the co-founder of Movie Star Press and co-director of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program.

Contributors include: Helen Adam, Ammiel Alcalay, Amiri Baraka, Ted Berrigan, Robin Blaser, Reed Bye, Jack Collum, Robert Creeley, Samuel R. Delany, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alan Gilbert, Allen Ginsberg, James Grauerholtz, Barbara Guest, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anselm Hollo, Laird Hunt, Pierre Joris, Joanne Kyger, Ann Lauterbach, Harryette Mullen, Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, Michael Ondaatje, Sonia Sanchez, Edward Sanders, Eleni Sikelianos, Gary Snyder, Cole Swenson, Arthur Sze, Steven Taylor, Robert Tejada, Lorenzo Thomas and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566891585
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anne Waldman is an internationally renowned poet, performer, and Distinguished Professor of Poetics at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is the co-editor of Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action and the author of over forty books, including In the Room of Never Grieve and Vow to Poetry: Essays, Interviews, & Manifestos. Lisa Birman is a poet and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Her chapbooks include Some Things - Poems and Translations and deportation poems, and her work has been published in Poetry Project Newsletter, FIR8, Bombay Gin, The Australian Writer and The Melbourne Poets Union Anthology. Her next chapbook, possibly, is forthcoming from Barefoot Books. Lisa is the co-founder of Movie Star Press and co-director of Naropa University's Summer Writing Program.

Table of Contents

Talking Poetics
In This Place Called America7
"A Little Endarkenment: and in my poetry you find me"45
Irreparables, I: an essay-ode70
The Poetics of Disobedience91
On Translation96
From the Gone World111
Panel on Personal Geography122
Ancestral Presences
A Tribute to Sappho160
On the Ballad175
The Wang River Sequence, A Prospectus184
A Brief History of the Early Prose Poem190
Dharma Poetics
Comment, Dharma Poetics Panel203
Burroughs and Dharma206
No One Spoke: Chogyam Trungpa's Teachings of Dharma Art224
Revolutionary Poetics
Revolutionary Poetics243
Hieroglyphics and Money267
Lokapala: Interview289
Panel: Politics of Identity301
How to See through Poetry: Myth Perception and History338
Gnosis & Aesthetics
Courting the Muse357
A Reverie on the Making of a Poem367
Death, Shivers, and the Tick of Poetic Stress376
Beauty Trouble: Identity and Difference in the Tradition of the Aesthetic383
The Art of Melancholy393
Form and Culture399
Statement for Panel on Robert Duncan413
Notes on Intention and Editing418
Statement for Panel on Gender420
Yo, Self/Yo, Maximus423
The Infinite Amount of Work to Be Done426
For a Minor Art: Publishing & Poetry431
Statement on the Events of September 11, 2001435
to Nomad to Century to Ahead to436
Torch Song (Prose Is a Prose Is a Prose)440

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