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American Poets in the 21st Century The New Poetics

ISBN-10: 0819567280
ISBN-13: 9780819567284
Edition: 2007
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Description: Understanding the current moment in poetry can be a difficult task, as the reader must sort among the avant-garde and mainstream, the traditional and the experimental. A welcome introduction to contemporary poetics, this collection represents one of  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 7/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Understanding the current moment in poetry can be a difficult task, as the reader must sort among the avant-garde and mainstream, the traditional and the experimental. A welcome introduction to contemporary poetics, this collection represents one of the first attempts to chart the progress of a new generation of poets. Each chapter focuses on one poet, and includes a selection of poems, a brief statement of purpose by the poet, and a critical essay by a notable scholar. Working in forms ranging from the post-confessional lyric to documentary poetics, from the prose poem and the sonnet to sound poetry, these thirteen poets rank among the most notable and distinct of recent years. American Poets in the 21st Century will serve as a useful and enlightening guide for any reader interested in how new American poetry can look, feel, and sound. The enclosed CD includes each of the thirteen poets reading their work. Poets include: Joshua Clover, Stacy Doris, Peter Gizzi, Kenneth Goldsmith, Myung Mi Kim, Mark Levine, Tracie Morris, Mark Nowak, D.A. Powell, Juliana Spahr, Karen Volkman, Susan Wheeler, and Kevin Young.

CLAUDIA RANKINE is the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College and author, most recently, of Don't Let Me Be Lonely (2004). LISA SEWELL is a professor of English at Villanova University and the author of Name Withheld (2006).

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Poems
Work Song
Sculpture Garden
John Keats
Light Years
Ontario
Document
Then
Willow
Poetics Statement
Recording Devices: Mark Levine's Poetics of Evidence
Poems
I won't go in today
There comes a time to rusticate the numbers
I never wish to sing again as I used to
O verb, o void
No noise subtracts it
It could be a bird that says summer
The first greeting on a bright sift
Brown is the flat gestation of a maze
What is this witness, the watching ages
Grey airs, grey stirs
Reticulation of a premise
Bitter seed-scarred semblance-psyche
The thing you do you keep or claim
Lifting whither, cycle of the sift
One might start here
Poetics Statement
A Space for Desire and the Mutable Self: Karen Volkman's Experimentations with the Lyric
Poems
[Chapt. ex ex ex eye vee: in which scott has a birthday]
[When you touch down upon this earth, little reindeers]
[My lover my phlebotomist. his elastic fingers encircle my arm]
[You'd want to go to the reunion: see]
[So the theatre dimmed and reclined. cramped balcony rubbed against my leg]
[Strange flower in my hands. porphyry shell. clipped wool]
[Listen mother, he punched the air: I am not your son dying]
[Darling can you kill me: with your mickeymouse pillows]
[When dementia begins: almost makes sense like hambuger translations]
[Autumn set us heavily to task: unrooted the dahlias]
[Between scott's asshole and his mouth I could not say which I preferred: perfect similes]
[Ode]
[Who won't praise green. each minute to caress each minute blade of spring. green slice us open]
Poetics Statement: The Flesh Failures
Here Is the Door Marked heaven: D. A. Powell
Poems
Beginning with a Phrase from Simone Weil
Revival
To Be Written in No Other Country
Plain Song
Chateau If
In Defense of Nothing
Untitled Amherst Specter
Last Century Thoughts in Snow Tonight
Poetics Statement: Extract from a Letter to Steve Farmer
Peter Gizzi's City: The Political Quotidian
Poem
Gentle Now, Don't Add to Heartache
Poetics Statement
All Together/Now: Writing the Space of Collectivities in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr
Poems
Baader Meinhof Three-Person'd God
At the Atelier Teleology
Poem (We always send it to the wrong address)
Chreia
Whiteread Walk
Whiteread Walk
Ceriserie
Year Zero
Poetics Statement: Once Against (Into the Poetics of Superinformation)
The Pleasures of not Merely Circulating: Joshua Clover's Political Imagination
Poems
Defacement
Famous Negro Athletes
Fish Story
Nocturne
Night Cap
The Hideout
Poetics Statement
Mixed-up Medium: Kevin Young's Turn-of-the-Century American Triptych
Poems
A little
Untitled
Poetics Statement: Sound Making Notes
Improvisational Insurrection: The Sound Poetry of Tracie Morris
Poems
From Commons
From "Lamenta"
From "Works"
Poetics Statement: Convolutions: the Precision, the Wild
Making Common the Commons: Myung Mi Kim's Ideal Subject
Poems
From Conference
From Paramour: "A Month of Valentines"
From Knot
Poetics Statement: I Have to Check My e-mail
The Poetics of Radical Constraint and Unhooked Bedazzlement in the Writing of Stacy Doris
Poem
The Debtor in the Convex Mirror
Poetics Statement
Susan Wheeler's Open Source Poetics
Poems
From $00/Line/Steel/Train
From Capitalization
From Hoyt Lakes / Shut Down
Poetics Statement: Notes toward an Anti-capitalist Poetics II
Mark Nowak: Radical Documentary Praxis [Redux]
Poem
"Page One" from The Day
Poetics Statement: Being Boring
Affect and Autism: Kenneth Goldsmith's Reconstitution of Signal and Noise
Contributors
Index
Audio CD Track List

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