Engendering the Social Site of Poetry
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Iowa Press
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Scholarship rarely happens in a vacuum, and we wish to thank the many people who have helped to make this book possible. First, we are grateful to the community of scholars whose work on gender, social poetics, or both has informed our own, including Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Andrew Epstein, Michael Davidson, ...
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Leslie Scalapino’s portion of the piece that begins Sight, a long poem “written in pairs” with Lyn Hejinian, is an exercise in distinction. From the outset, Scalapino turns to face her coauthor in acts of differentiation central to her understanding of the collaborative work. ...
Part One | Friendship and Women’s Poetic Careers
One | How You Want to Be Styled: Philip Whalen in Correspondence with Joanne Kyger, 1959 – 1964
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In the San Francisco spring of 1959 — just after “The San Francisco Scene” issue of the Evergreen Review shared editor Donald Allen’s view of a new generation of writers and just before his anthology The New American Poetry 1945–1960 would present a national portrait of the same ...
Two | I Just Got Different Theories: Patti Smith and the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
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From her time as a young performance poet in New York in the late 1960s to her current position as punk rock’s éminence grise, Patti Smith has foregrounded the image of the poet as privileged seer. Simultaneously, Smith’s emphatic rejection of stereotypically “feminine” personae in favor of an at-times masculine performative stance ...
Part Two | Community 2.0
Three | Presence in the Poets’ Polis: Hippie Phenomenology in Bolinas
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The word bolinas produces a knowing look in poets who lived through the 1960s. But like the writing we associate with the town whose road sign on Highway One has long been a tradition for residents to remove, the look seems to indicate a state of unrecoverable experience, ...
Four | When L=A: Language, Authorship, and Equality in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Magazine
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L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E (1978–1981) is one of the most distinctive American poetry magazines of the second half of the last century. More zine than magazine, more etics than poetics, industrial in its unadorned appearance: the first and many subsequent issues of the first three volumes of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine, ...
Five | After Literary Community: The Grand Piano and the Politics of Friendship
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I return to the project of The Grand Piano, our multiauthored “experiment in collective autobiography” that recounts the emergence of the San Francisco Language school of poets from 1975 to 1980, from a later moment of its history.1 While The Grand Piano was primarily devoted to producing a written document, ...
Six | Between Friendship Network and Literary Movement: Flarf as a Poetics of Sociability
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Flarf, which was hailed as one of the (first) two “avant-garde superpowers of the twenty-first century,”1 is both a method of writing poetry and a de facto friendship network. The method is characterized by so-called “google-sculpting” (generating material through google searches for key words and phrases ...
Part Three | Inclinations
Seven | Jargon Society: The Remote Relations of Lorine Niedecker and Jonathan Williams
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In Beautiful Enemies Andrew Epstein reassesses the Romantic notion of lyric subjectivity, arguing that it “should not be seen as an utterance issuing from an isolated subjectivity but as a social text, caught in a web of interpersonal and intertextual relations” (Beautiful Enemies 15). ...
Eight | The Volley Maintained Nears Orgasm: Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, and the Cross-Gender Collaboration
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in 1982, Rae Armantrout and Ron Silliman, two central figures in the avant-garde movement known as Language poetry, decided to collaborate on a poem. First one poet wrote a fourteen-sentence paragraph of prose poetry, then mailed it to the other, who then added a fourteen-sentence paragraph ...
Nine | In/Complete: Locating Origins of the Poet in Jennifer Moxley’s In Memoriams to Helena Bennett
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In New Social Tie, Deborah Chambers argues that friendship ties “are beginning to be viewed as an expression of intimacy that replaces the sense of social integration associated with the concept of ‘community’” (2). Novel forms of socialization, global communication, urban movements, and sexual communities have all impacted upon discourses of belonging. ...
Part Four | Among Friends
Ten | Black Took Collective: On Intimacy & Origin
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I am sitting in my bed, the sweat from this afternoon’s tennis play still drying and the hum of the neighbor’s t.v. across the courtyard. I am off to another work event in a little less than a half hour, which might be the perfect time to think of our meeting. It was really in that dining room at Mt. St. Alphonsus in Esopus, NY, ...
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Black Took Collective was cofounded in 1999 by Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Ronaldo V. Wilson at Cave Canem, a retreat for African American Poets. They are a group of Black post-theorists who perform and write in hybrid experimental forms, embracing radical poetics and cutting-edge critical theory about race, gender, and sexuality. ...
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Page Count: 284
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Contemp North American Poetry
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth