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American Poets in the 21st Century
The New Poetics
Claudia Rankine, ed.; Lisa Sewell, ed.

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
• INTRODUCTION
• MARK LEVINE
Poems: “Work Song” (text and audio) — “Sculpture Garden” — “John Keats” — “Light Years” — “Ontario” — “Document” — “Then” — “Willow” (text and audio)
Poetics Statement
Critical Essay: Recording Devices: Mark Levine’s Poetics of Evidence, by Sabrina Orah Mark
• KAREN VOLKMAN
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”
Poetics Statement
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
• PETER GIZZI
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
• JULIANA SPAHR
Poem: “Gentle Now, Don’t Add to Heartache” (text and audio)
Poetics Statement
Critical Essay: All Together/Now: Writing the Space of Collectivities in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr, by Kimberly Lamm
• JOSHUA COLVER
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
• KEVIN YOUNG
Poems: “Defacement” — “Famous Negro Athletes” — “Fish Story” — “Nocturne” — “Night Cap” — “The Hideout”
Poetics Statement
Critical Essay: Mixed-up Medium: Kevin Young’s Turn-of-the-Century American Triptych, by Rick Benjamin
• TRACIE MORRIS
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
• STACY DORIS
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
• SUSAN WHEELER
Poem: “The Debtor in the Convex Mirror” (text and audio)
Poetics Statement
Critical Essay: Susan Wheeler’s Open Source Poetics, by Lynn Keller
• MARK NOWAK
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
• KENNETH GOLDSMITH
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
• CONTRIBUTORS
• INDEX
• AUDIO CD TRACK LIST

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