A Nomad Poetics: Essays

A Nomad Poetics: Essays

by Pierre Joris

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A Nomad Poetics: Essays by Pierre Joris

“The days of anything static—form, content, state—are over,” declares poet and translator Pierre Joris in A Nomad Poetics, his first collection of critical essays. Joris maps the success and limitations of contemporary avant-garde poetics, from Tristan Tzara to the most contemporary American experimental poetry, an investigation that leads him to envision a “nomadic poetics” as a strategy for new poetic work, for translation and, fundamentally, for an ethics of early 21st century life. Extending concepts and concerns voiced by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Nomad Poetics is a daring first step in deploying the method of the rhizome, one grounded in Paul Celan’s insight that “Reality is not. It has to be searched for and won.” With articulate immediacy, Joris’s essays announce a metamorphosis of language-based art, much needed if poetry is to be of essential use in shaping the world to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819566461
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 11/05/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

PIERRE JORIS is the author of 22 books of poetry, most recently Poasis (Wesleyan, 2001) and co-editor of Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry. He has published English translations of Celan, Tzara, Rilke and Blanchot, among others. He is Professor of English at SUNY, Albany.

Table of Contents

PART 1 Nomad Century Ahead (1998)
This Yucca-Age: Statement for Tyuonyi (1987)
Re "The Politics of Poetic Form" (1991)
St/range: An uncertain range (1999)

PART 2 Notes toward a Nomadic Poetics (1996 – 2002)

PART 3 A Glottal Choice (1999)
The Case of the Missing "M" (1990)
From the Summer 1995 Notebooks

PART 4 Collage & Post-Collage: In Honor of Eric Mottram (1997)
Bernstein’s Rough Trades (1993)
Community of Translation and Translation of Community in Robin Blaser (1997)
Introduction to 4 x 1 (2001)
The Nomadism of Pablo Picasso (2001)

PART 5 Smizdat Interview (2000)
Open Letter in Response to Adrian Clarke’s (2001)

What People are Saying About This

Donald Revell

“A Nomad Poetics is a book of sweet syntheses. It moves beautifully across boundaries of aesthetics and ideology which Joris has transcended with apparent and generous grace.”

Charles Bernstein

“In Pierre Joris’s prescient collection of essays, the nomadic is encountered as a metaphor for poetic word and for cultural translation: in other words, as a place of transition in which we wander to find a common ground.”

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