Verse and Worse
Selected and New Poems of Steve McCaffery 1989-2009
Publication Year: 2010
Verse and Worse: Selected and New Poems of Steve McCaffery 19892009 presents texts from the last two decades of work by Steve McCaffery, one of the most influential and innovative of contemporary poets. The volume focuses on selections from McCafferys major texts, including The Black Debt, Theory of Sediment, The Cheat of Words, and Slightly Left of Thinking, but also features a substantial number of previously ungathered poems. As playful as they are cerebral, McCafferys poems stage an incessant departure from conventional lyrical and narrative methods of making meaning. For those encountering McCafferys work for the first time as well as for those who have followed the twists and turns of his astonishingly heterogeneous poetic trajectory over the past four decadesthis volume is essential reading.
Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Series: Laurier Poetry
Table of Contents
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, poetry in Canada---writing and publishing it, reading and thinking about it---finds itself in a strangely conflicted place.We have many strong poets continuing to produce exciting new work, and there is still a small audience for poetry; but increasingly, poetry is...
Steve McCaffery was born in Sheffield, England, on January 24, 1947---the day of Antonin Artaud's final performance. He was a founding member of the Four Horsemen sound poetry ensemble, the Toronto Research Group (with bpNichol), the College of Canadian 'Pataphysics, and Language Poetry. He lived in Toronto for many years and now resides in Buffalo, where...
"Orthodoxy," said Bishop William Warburton, "is my doxy; heterodoxy is another man's doxy" (Parrinder). Or at least he said something to that effect. A quick perusal of various print and digital collections of quotations will produce a number of variations on this sentence, many of them featuring small but significant differences in punctuation and spelling. One of the...
A Theory of the Lyric
from Teachable Texts
from Theory of Sediment: The Curve to Its Answer
A Child's History of Rhetoric Caught as It Happens
from The Entries
A Few Donuts from an Hommagiste or: Bad Modernism
from Some Versions of Pastoral
Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Coleridge in Calgary (ars poetica 4)
from An Effect of Cellophane
Oedipus Meets the Abstract Machine
Suggestion but No Insult
The Dangers of Poetry (for Italo Calvino)
The Lone Ranger in Arcadia
Restricted Translation with Imperfect Level Shift (after Basho)
The Poem as a Thing to See
The View from Here
Correlata for a Cryptogram
The Logic of Six
First Vico Meditation
Second Vico Meditation
Prior to Meaning
The 1980s proved an important decade for me. In 1986,my critical writings from 1973 through 1986 appeared collectively as North of Intention in a joint Canadian and American venture. It was also a decade in which some of my most substantial poetic texts appeared: the collaborative Legend (1980), the aphoristic Knowledge Never Knew (1983), Evoba (my poetic...
Excerpts from Lag, An Effect of Cellophane, Theory of Sediment, and Teachable Texts, plus "Restricted Translation with Imperfect Level Shift (after Basho)," "The Curve to Its Answer," "The Entries," "The Logic of Six," "Prior to Meaning," and "A Theory of the Lyric," are the same versions that appear in Seven Pages Missing Volume One: Selected Texts 1969--1999...