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- DescriptionConceptions and practices of poetry change t only from time to time and from place to place but also from poet to poet. This has never been more the case than in recent years. Gerald Bruns s magisterial What Are Poets For? explores typographical experiments that distribute letters randomly across a printed page, sound tracks made of vocal and buccal ises, and holographic poems that recompose themselves as one travels through their digital space. Bruns surveys one-word poems, found texts, and book-length assemblies of disconnected phrases; he even includes descriptions of poems that one could possibly write, but which are less interesting (or less poetic) for all of that. The purpose of the book is to illuminate this strange poetic landscape, spotlighting and describing such oddities as they appear, amalies that most contemporary poetry criticism igres.Naturally this breadth raises numerous philosophical questions that Bruns also addresses for example, whether poetry should be responsible (semantically, ethically, politically) to anything outside itself, whether it can be reduced to categories, distinctions, and the rule of identity, and whether a particular poem can seem odd or strange when everything is an amaly. Perhaps our task is simply to learn, like anthropologists, how to inhabit such an anarchic world. The poets taken up for study are among the most important and invative in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: John Ashbery, Charles Bernstein, Paul Celan, Kenneth Goldsmith, Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, Karen Mac Cormack, Steve McCaffery, John Matthias, J. H. Prynne, and Tom Raworth. What Are Poets For? is thing less than a lucid, detailed study of some of the most intractable writings in contemporary poetry.
- Author BiographyGerald L. Bruns is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Notre Dame. A prolific author, his works include Modern Poetry and the Idea of Language , Inventions: Writing, Textuality, and Understanding in Literary History, Hermeneutics Ancient and Modern, Tragic Thoughts at the End of Philosophy: Language, Literature, and Ethical Theory, The Material of Poetry: Sketches for a Philosophical Poetics, On the Anarchy of Poetry and Philosophy, and On Ceasing to be Human. In 1974 and again in 1985 he received Guggenheim fellowships and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1985 1986), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (1993 1994), and the Stanford Humanities Center (2007 2008). In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Author(s)Gerald L. Bruns
- PublisherUniversity of Iowa Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2012
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Series TitleContemporary North American Poetry Series
- Place of PublicationIowa
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Iowa Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight333 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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