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On the Outskirts of Form
Practicing Cultural Poetics
Michael Davidson

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• A PUBLIC LANGUAGE
• On the Outskirts of Form: Cosmopoetics in the Shadow of NAFTA
• The Dream of a Public Language: Modernity, Textuality, and the Citizen Subject
• OBJECTIVIST FRAMES
• Life by Water: Lorine Niedecker and Critical Regionalism
• “Closed in Glass”: Oppen’s Class Spectacles
• APPROACHING THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY
• Archaeologist of Morning: Charles Olson, Edward Dorn and Historical Method
• “The Repeated Insistence”: Creeley’s Rage
• A Cold War Correspondence: Gender Trouble in the Letters of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov
• Looking Through Lithium: James Schuyler as Jim the Jerk
• Ekphrasis and The New York School
• The Pleasures of Merely Circulating: John Ashbery and the Jargon of Inauthenticity
• “Struck Against Parenthesis”: Shelley and Postmodern Romanticisms
• “Skewed by Design”: From Act to Speech Act in Language Writing
• Vertigo: Thinking Toward Action in the Poetry of George Oppen
• Afterword: Impossible Poetries
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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