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A Guide to Poetics Journal
Writing in the Expanded Field, 1982–1998
Lyn Hejinian, ed.; Barrett Watten, ed.

2013 • 416 pp. 20 illus. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Literary Criticism / Poetics

$29.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7121-2
$23.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7122-9

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An anthology of key texts in the development of contemporary poetics

Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten are internationally recognized poet/critics. Together they edited the highly influential Poetics Journal, whose ten issues, published between 1982 and 1998, contributed to the surge of interest in the practice of poetics. A Guide to Poetics Journal presents the major conversations and debates from the journal, and invites readers to expand on the critical and creative engagements they represent.

In making their selections for the guide, the editors have sought to showcase a range of innovative poetics and to indicate the diversity of fields and activities with which they might be engaged. The introduction and headnotes by the editors provide historical and thematic context for the articles. The Guide is intended to be of sustained creative and classroom use, while the companion Archive of all ten issues of Poetics Journal allows users to remix, remaster, and extend its practices and debates. (See for more information on the digital archive.)

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Reviews / Endorsements

Poetics Journal has always helped me to situate a complex ecology of artists and theoreticians within multiple spheres of influence and community histories, and thus to locate the work of my own generation. A Guide to Poetics Journal, with its finding aids, indexes, and links, offers itself again as a critical intervention at the intersection of scholarly and creative genres, just as invaluable now as the journal was during its original publishing tenure.”Rob Halpern, author of Music for Porn

“Essential and forceful, this anthology proposes poetics as a site of investigation, intervention, and struggle. It is equally an energetic call for future work and an enriching overview of former compacts and understandings.”Rachel Blau DuPlessis

LYN HEJINIAN is the author of many books of poetry, essays, and translations. Among her best-known works are My Life, A Border Comedy, The Book of a Thousand Eyes, and The Language of Inquiry. She teaches at University of California, Berkeley. BARRETT WATTEN teaches at Wayne State University in Detroit. His major collections include Frame, Progress/Under Erasure, Bad History, and The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics. Both are among the ten authors of The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography.

Publication of this book is funded by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

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