Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Poets Beyond the Barricade addresses the rhetorical and cultural strategies of poetry during an era in which revolutionary events are noticeably absent. As i stress throughout this book, poetry after 1960, when used to respond to public situations, intervenes to engage our awareness, to challenge our...

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Introduction: “The Press of Possibility”: Poetry, Public Culture, and Modality

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pp. 1-21

American public culture requires the social possibilities expressed through civil activism and dissent. Examples of such potential are especially abundant in the last century, ranging from the heroic Seattle General Strike of February 1919 to the Vietnam-era resistance efforts so broadly publicized by...

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1. “Dear Gloucester”

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pp. 22-47

While best known for his epic The Maximus Poems, a work that self-consciously engages a modernist tradition in the spirit of William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, and others, Charles Olson modified the practice of modernist pastiche and assembly to establish a voice that was plausibly...

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2. Rhetorics of “Advantage” and “Pure Persuasion”: Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, and Vietnam

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pp. 48-74

My title for this chapter conveys certain flexibilities and potentials in poetry when it is used as a public art. Kenneth Burke’s distinction of a “rhetoric of advantage” and the rhetorical possibilities based on “pure persuasion” suggests that public awareness can be produced on divisive topics by...

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3. Public Witness/Public Mind: Media, Citizenship, and Dissent in the Poetry of Lorenzo Thomas and Edward Dorn

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pp. 75-108

Just as print media in the eighteenth century influenced the rise of a public sphere (as Jürgen Habermas has shown), television and other media in the middle decades of the twentieth century similarly shaped attitudes and beliefs about public and cultural life in the United...

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4. Poets Against War

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pp. 109-134

Inquiries and engagements in public poetry have grown in recent years out of opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.1 While forms of social protest continued in poetry during the decades following the public outcry to war in Vietnam, the Iraq War has challenged poets to develop...

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Afterword: Poetry as a Modality of Rhetoric in Modernist

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pp. 135-138

Consider, again, Nancy S. Struever’s engagement with modality, and her urgency “in defining not Modernity as epoch, but the nature of Modernist inquiry.”1 in her argument, systemic political philosophy accounts for actualities at the expense of possible actions and capacities...

Notes

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pp. 139-168

Bibliography

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pp. 169-176

Index

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pp. 177-184

Back Cover

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