Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry
Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry argues that memorable and resonant poetry often distorts form, image, concept, and notions of truth and metaphor. Discussing how changes in electronic communication and artificial notions of landscape have impacted form and content in poetry, Monster redefines the idea of what is memorable and original through a broad range of poets including John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Forrest Gander, Peter Gizzi, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Laura Kasischke, W. S. Merwin, Srikanth Reddy, Donald Revell, Mary Ruefle, Arthur Sze, and James Tate.
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PART ONE: Distortion in the Contemporary Lyric and Prose Poem
Distortion & Disjunction in Contemporary American Poetry
PART TWO: Distortion within Poetry, Nature, Culture, and Media
Poetry, Reality, & Place in a Placeless World of Global Communication
Toward a Wilderness of the Artificial
PART THREE: Concept, Hyperbole, and Truth as Forms of Abstraction in Poetry
The Poem as Concept
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