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Available Surfaces

Essays on Poesis

T.R. Hummer

Publication Year: 2012

T. R. Hummer grew up in the Deep South and planned to become a musician before he met poetry. This musical influence is visible in his work: he often discusses poetry together with music (and sometimes the other way around), and his career has included both writing and performance. The present volume, Available Surfaces, focuses on the art of making both poetry and music and on the concept of "making" as well. Hummer draws on childhood experiences (“A Length of Hemp Rope”), adult experiences (“Hotel California”), experiences as a poet (“Available Surfaces”), and experiences as an explorer of unworldly spaces (“The Hive,” “Brain Wave and the End of Science Fiction”). Hummer has published eight volumes of poetry with presses including Louisiana State University Press and the University of Illinois Press. His work has appeared in two anthology volumes published by Simon & Schuster and Cengage and in two Pushcart Prize anthologies. He has edited the Kenyon Review, the Georgia Review, and the Cimarron Review, among other journals.

Published by: University of Michigan Press

Contents

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pp. 10-11

Introduction and Apologia

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pp. 12-15

A Length of Hemp Rope

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pp. 16-24

Lost Worlds, New Deals

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pp. 25-30

The Hive

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pp. 31-34

Sprung Vision; Or, Who Is Duane, and Why Do I Have His Syndrome?

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pp. 35-51

Brain Wave and the End of Science Fiction

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pp. 52-58

Impermanent Earth

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pp. 59-61

Available Surfaces

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pp. 62-99

Dead Writer, “Extinct” Form, The Power of the Small

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pp. 100-102

The Genographica

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pp. 103-111

Hotel California

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pp. 112-120

Going Gentle

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pp. 121-129

Applied Platonism; Or, What Work Isn't

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pp. 130-143

Hard Freight, “The New Poem,” and My Ignorance

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pp. 144-147

Emissary: Five Eternities in September

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pp. 148-161


E-ISBN-13: 9780472028948
Print-ISBN-13: 9780472051854

Page Count: 152
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Poets on Poetry

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