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Experimental American Poetry and Organic Form: Life Lines

João Paulo Guimarães

Arguing that the 19th century concept of "living form" (the idea that, like an organism, a poem develops itself from within, according to an internal logic) is not, as some critics have argued, anathema to avant-garde writing, this book contends that the concept survived and flourished in the work of a number of contemporary experimental poets.

Indebted to 19th century science, the notion of a "living form" endured throughout the 20th century and the poetic vanguard's word games and collages mirrored the disjunctive frameworks that redefined how scientists made sense of life in the age of networks and non-linear systems.

Featuring readings of texts from poets including Ed Dorn, A.M.J. Crawford, P.Inman, Chris Vitiello, Yedda Morrison and Christian Bök, this book shows how a number of vanguardist poets explores the commonalities they detected between nature's processes of creation and their own methods of composition. In doing so, it highlights devices like punning, paragrammatic play, metamorphic figuration and memetic repetition, mechanisms these poets find at work in the cybernetic, genetic and digital systems they investigate in their poems.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Jan 9th, 2025
  • Pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781350414884
  • Categories: American - GeneralPoetry

About the Author

Katz, Daniel: - Professor Daniel Katz teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program at Warwick University. His research mostly focuses on modernism and its aftermath extending to the present day, with a special interest in poetry and poetics. His latest book is The Poetry of Jack Spicer with recent articles and chapters including "Translation and the American modernist novel ", "Jack Spicer" and further articles on Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, Ben Lerner, and Peter Gizzi. He has been an Executive Board member of the Samuel Beckett Society, and co-director of Warwick's Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts. He is the Founding Editor of the book series "Bloomsbury Studies in Critical Poetics" and is currently at work editing a volume of Jack Spicer's uncollected poetry, prose, and drama-much of which is previously unpublished in any form.