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The American Poetry Wax Museum: Reality Effects, 1940-1990

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Hardcover, 637 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by National Council of Teachers of English
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Caroline
Jul 01, 2008 Caroline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poets & writers, editors, experimental writing apologists

An important, dense, complex and driven bunch of criticism. This is quite a tome, so there's no way my review will be representative, but here's a few greatest hits and notes:


*The driving force here is canon. TAPWM is instigated by what Rasula calls the "culture brokers" and the "protective custody" of the cannon and the contradictory nature of the poetry special forces--the notion that, the further from the secular, and the more academically/organizationally santioned, the more "museumified,"...more
Joe
Should be read by anyone trying to reconsider their reading habits or the reading habits/the canons being instilled in them. Love, also, that Rasula ends with a call to consider works in their original contexts and to resist writing for anthologies, the poetic "hall of fame." To write beyond one's immediate context is to erode the ground you have to stand on, to begin the amputation of one's own "voice." Goodbye Frederick! Goodbye Fairfax! Goodbye Leonardtown! Goodbye Lafayette!
Brendan
Lots of interesting stuff going on, but the book is a bit baggy and tendentious and dates itself slightly. But I want to look at rasula's other critical work for sure.
Rusty
It made me feel my ignorance keenly.
Andrea Riley
Jun 20, 2007 Andrea Riley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: TS Eliot
Whoa Rasula!
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