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This study argues that today's experimental poetry should not be dismissed as esoteric or inaccessible. Linda Reinfeld explores the relationship between contemporary critical theory and the new form of poetic expression - visible in the work of Charles Bernstein, Michael Palmer and Susan Howe - called language poetry.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Lsu Press (first published January 1992)
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Jul 21, 2012 Kitty rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book thoroughly as it gives an overview of Language Poetry-- its strong social and intellectual tradition and also its roots as response to the contemporary critical theory of Derrida, Adorno and Barthes. The three language poets, Charles Bernstein, Michael Palmer and Susan Howe each receive a chapter with an excellent discussion of specific poems which point to their poetic vision. The first chapter after the introduction allows the reader to explore "aporia" -
(state of puzzlemen
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Jan 17, 2015 Michelle Llewellyn rated it it was ok
I purchased this book on Amazon while taking an advanced seminar in American studies class at the University of Utah on the same subject. As an English major, I was also desperate for any help I could find in writing my final end of term paper. Language poetry is very abstract and hard to interpret. The turning of context, the exploration of meaning and the reexamination of avant-garde writing threatens to explode one's head if analyzed for too long. This book focused more on Charles Bernstein, ...more
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