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Artifice and Indeterminacy: An Anthology of New Poetics
edited by Christopher Beach
University of Alabama Press, 2007
Cloth: 978-0-8173-0946-6 | Paper: 978-0-8173-0954-1
Library of Congress Classification PN1055.A76 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 808.1

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Artifice and Indeterminacy gathers the strongest and most representative writings of the past two decades and shows more clearly than ever before the depth and breadth of  contemporary American poetics. Collectively, these essays break with conventional interpretive frameworks and traditional generic boundaries of poetry to give fresh voice to the  poetics of our time.


Neither dismissive of the aesthetic value(s) of poetry, nor reluctant to articulate the ways in which aesthetic evaluation is complicated by the mediating influences of history, culture, class, gender, race, and academic status, the writers presented in this anthology celebrate the artifice of the poetic text while also accepting as a given the indeterminacy of its inception and reception.

 

Individual pieces range in style and approach from theoretical writings to discussions of individual poets such as Emily Dickinson, Louis Zukofsky, and Bob Kaufman. The authors consider such critical issues as gender and the possibilities of a feminist poetics, the textual politics of race and class, and the broader implications of an avant-garde practice.

CONTENTS / CONTRIBUTORS


Section 1: Form/Syntax/Speech


Charles Bernstein


Bob Perelman


Barrett Watten


Michael Davidson


Marjorie Perloff


Section 2: Pattern/Experience/Song


David Antin


Leslie Scalapino


Lyn Hejinian


John Taggart


Section 3: Institutions and Ideology


James Sherry


Ron Silliman


Steve McCaffery


Hank Lazer


Nathaniel Mackey


Maria Damon


Section 4: Poetics and Gender


Rae Armantrout


Rachel Blau DuPlessis


Susan Howe



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