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Noise That Stays Noise
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Praise for Cole Swensen:



"One of the most assured voices in contemporary poetry."
---Library Journal



"Engaging and delightful."
---Publishers Weekly
 
 A volume in the Poets on Poetry series, which collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation.



Ezra Pound famously said that literature is "news that stays news," but recent experiments in poetry and the sciences allow us to enlarge the statement to bring information theory and biology to bear on the issue---in particular, how the information theory–based model of self-organization from noise offers a way to look at language as an art material as well as a mode of communication. This concept directs these essays on poetry by contemporary poet Cole Swensen.



Noise That Stays Noise covers a variety of subjects relevant to contemporary poetry and will give the general reader a broad notion of the issues that inform discourse around poetry today. Space---the conceptual geometry of poetry and its concrete mise-en-page---is an underlying theme of this collection, sometimes approached directly through the work of other twentieth-century poets, sometimes more obliquely through considerations of the role of the visual arts in contemporary poetry. This question of space and the shapes it includes and acquires offers a different way to look at some familiar writers, such as Mallarmé and Olson, and a way to introduce several more recent writers who may not yet be known to the general public.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
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  1. Noise That Stays Noise: Generative Abymes
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Noise That Stays Noise
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. Bones: Mallarmé’s Dice Game
  2. pp. 12-15
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  1. Olson and the Projective
  2. pp. 16-20
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  1. Against the Limits of Language: Geometry in the Work of Anne-Marie Albiach and Susan Howe
  2. pp. 21-31
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  1. Seeing Reading: Susan Howe’s Moving Margins
  2. pp. 32-40
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  1. The Infinite Mountain: Nicolas Pesqu
  2. pp. 41-44
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  1. Peter Gizzi’s City: The Political Quotidian
  2. pp. 45-52
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  1. News That Stays News
  2. pp. 53-66
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  1. News That Stays News: Generative Bridges
  2. pp. 67-68
  1. To Writewithize
  2. pp. 69-73
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  1. How Ekphrasis Makes Art
  2. pp. 74-81
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  1. A Hand Writing
  2. pp. 82-89
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  1. The Fold
  2. pp. 90-95
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  1. Translating Writing/Writing Translation
  2. pp. 96-99
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  1. In Praise of Error
  2. pp. 100-105
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  1. Translating Timbre
  2. pp. 106-112
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  1. Translating the Visible: The Incommensurability of Image
  2. pp. 113-118
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  1. The Ghost of Translation
  2. pp. 119-121
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  1. Homages
  2. pp. 122-123
  1. For M. Moore
  2. pp. 125-130
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  1. Besides, of Bedouins—On Hotel Lautréamont
  2. pp. 131-139
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  1. Cy Twombly, Hero & Leandro 1981–84
  2. pp. 140-143
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  1. Andscape: The Serial Paintings of Etel Adnan
  2. pp. 144-147
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  1. Quand le corps est une phrase
  2. pp. 151-154
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