American Poets in the 21st Century
The Poetics of Social Engagement
6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: September 2018
- Published: July 2007
- Published: May 2014
- Published: August 2018
- Published: July 2007
- Published: September 2018
The ideal introduction to the current generation of American poets
Understanding the current moment in poetry can be a difficult task, as the reader must sort among the avant-garde and mainstream, the traditional and the experimental. A welcome introduction to contemporary poetics, this collection represents one of the first attempts to chart the progress of a new generation of poets. Each chapter focuses on one poet, and includes a selection of poems, a brief statement of purpose by the poet, and a critical essay by a notable scholar. Working in forms ranging from the post-confessional lyric to documentary poetics, from the prose poem and the sonnet to sound poetry, these thirteen poets rank among the most notable and distinct of recent years. American Poets in the 21st Century will serve as a useful and enlightening guide for any reader interested in how new American poetry can look, feel, and sound. The enclosed CD includes each of the thirteen poets reading their work.
Poets include: Joshua Clover, Stacy Doris, Peter Gizzi, Kenneth Goldsmith, Myung Mi Kim, Mark Levine, Tracie Morris, Mark Nowak, D.A. Powell, Juliana Spahr, Karen Volkman, Susan Wheeler, and Kevin Young.
Hardcover is un-jacketed.
Poems: "Work Song" (text and audio) — "Sculpture Garden" — "John Keats" — "Light Years" — "Ontario" — "Document" — "Then" — "Willow" (text and audio)
Critical Essay: Recording Devices: Mark Levine's Poetics of Evidence, by Sabrina Orah Mark
Poems: "I won't go in today" — "There comes a time to rusticate the numbers" — "I never wish to sing again as I used to" — "I never wish to sing again as I used to" (text and audio) — "O verb, o void" — "No noise subtracts it" — "It could be a bird that says summer" — "The first greeting on a bright sift" — "Brown is the flat gestation of a maze" — "What is this witness, the watching ages" — "Grey airs, grey stirs" — "Reticulation of a premise" (text and audio) — "Bitter seed—scarred semblance—psyche" — "The thing you do keep or claim" — "Lifting whither, cycle of the sift" (text and audio) — "One might start here"
Critical Essay: A Space for Desire and the Mutable Self: Karen Volkman's Experimentations with the Lyric, by Paul Otremba
D. A. POWELL
Poems: "[chapt. ex ex ex eye vee: in which scott has a birthday]" (text and audio) — " [when you touch down upon this earth. little reindeers]" — "[my lover my phlebotomist. his elastic fingers encircle my arm]" — "[you'd want to go to the reunion: see]" — "[so the theatre dimmed and reclined. cramped balcony rubbed against my leg]" — "[strange flower in my hands. porphyry shell. clipped wool]" — "[listen mother, he punched the air: I am not your son dying]" — "[darling can you kill me: with your mickeymouse pillows]" (text and audio) — "[when dementia begins: almost makes sense like hamburger translations]" — "[autumn set us heavily to task: unrooted the dahlias]" — "[between scott's asshole and his nmouth I could not say which I preferred: perfect similes]" — "[ode]" — "[who won't praise green. each minute to caress each minute blade of spring. green slice us open]" (text and audio)
Poetics Statement: The Flesh Failures
Critical Essay: Here Is the Door Marked heaven: D. A. Powell, by Stephen Burt
Poems: "Beginning with a Phrase from Simone Weil" — "Revival" (text and audio) — "To Be Written in No Other Country" — "Plain Song" — "Château If" — "In Defense of Nothing" — "Untitled Amherst Specter" — "Last Century Thoughts in Snow Tonight"
Poetics Statement: Extract from a Letter to Steve Farmer
Critical Essay: Peter Gizzi's City: The Political Quotidian, by Cole Swensen
Poem: "Gentle Now, Don't Add to Heartache" (text and audio)
Critical Essay: All Together/Now: Writing the Space of Collectivities in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr, by Kimberly Lamm
Poems: "Baader Meinhof Three-Person'd God" — "At the Atelier Teleology" — "Poem (We always send it to the wrong address)" — "Chreia" (text and audio) — "Whiteread Walk" (text and audio) — "Whiteread Walk" (text and audio) — "Ceriserie" — "Year Zero" (text and audio)
Poetics Statement: Once Against (Into the Poetics of Superinformation)
Critical Essay: The Pleasures of not Merely Circulating: Joshua Clover's Political Imagination, by Charles Altieri
Poems: "Defacement" — "Famous Negro Athletes" — "Fish Story" — "Nocturne" — "Night Cap" — "The Hideout"
Critical Essay: Mixed-up Medium: Kevin Young's Turn-of-the-Century American Triptych, by Rick Benjamin
Poems: "a little" (text and audio) — "Untitled" (text and audio)
Poetics Statement: Sound Making Notes
Critical Essay: Improvisational Insurrection: The Sound Poetry of Tracie Morris, by Christine Hume
MYUNG MI KIM
Poems: From Commons: From "Lamenta" (text and audio) — From "Works"
Poetics Statement: Convolutions : the Precision, the Wild
Critical Essay: Making Common the Commons: Myung Mi Kim's Ideal Subject, by Warren Liu
Poems: From Conference — From Paramour: "A Month of Valentines" — From Knot (text and audio)
Poetics Statement: I Have to Check My e-mail
Critical Essay: The Poetics of Radical Constraint and Unhooked Bedazzlement in the Writing of Stacy Doris, by Caroline Crumpacker
Poem: "The Debtor in the Convex Mirror" (text and audio)
Critical Essay: Susan Wheeler's Open Source Poetics, by Lynn Keller
Poems: From "$00/Line/Steel/Train" — From "Capitalization" (text and audio) — From "Hoyt Lakes / Shut Down"
Poetics Statement: Notes toward an Anti-capitalist Poetics II
Critical Essay: Mark Nowak: Radical Documentary Praxis [Redux], by David Ray Vance
Poem: "Page One" from The Day (text and audio)
Poetics Statement: Being Boring
Critical Essay: Affect and Autism: Kenneth Goldsmith's Reconstitution of Signal and Noise, by Raymond McDaniel
AUDIO CD TRACK LIST
"American Poets in the 21st Century offers an intelligent map of innovative currents within the recent generation of U.S. poets. Rankine and Sewell have made a brilliant selection among poets for whom linguistic experiment, public critique, and lyric expressivity are no longer antagonists."~Michael Davidson, professor of literature, University of California, San Diego
"An essential guide for travelers into the world of contemporary poetry. Rankine and Sewell present a vibrant new generation of poets who synthesize a deep language consciousness with political and lyric practice."~Elizabeth Gregory, author of Quotation and Modern American Poetry
"American Poets in the 21st Century offers an intelligent map of innovative currents within the recent generation of U.S. poets. Rankine and Sewell have made a brilliant selection among poets for whom linguistic experiment, public critique, and lyric expressivity are no longer antagonists."~Michael Davidson, professor of literature, University of CaliforniaSan Diego