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Obscenity and Disruption in the Poetry of Dylan Krieger

Thomas Simmons

Obscenity and Disruption in the Poetry of Dylan Krieger is the first full-length study of the radical poetry of Baton Rouge-based poet Dylan Krieger. Wickedly smart, iconoclastic, daring in their critiques of religion and contemporary culture, Krieger’s poems rank with Allen Ginsberg’s and Adrienne Rich’s as the most provocative and avant-garde of any recent generation. With its debt to third-wave feminism and the "Gurlesque," Krieger’s work nevertheless moves outward and backward across the landmines of sexual precocity and religious fundamentalism and across the entire western project of epistemology as Krieger came to understand it at the University of Notre Dame. Though this book necessarily stays close to Krieger’s specific poems, it follows her lead in stretching her cultural, sexual, and religious furies to their apotheosis in a manifesto of liberation.

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Names: Simmons, Thomas, author. Title: Obscenity and disruption in the poetry of Dylan Krieger / Thomas Simmons. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2019006804 | ISBN 978-1-4331-6673-0 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-6674-7 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6675-4 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-6676-1 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Krieger, Dylan—Criticism and interpretation. American poetry—21st century—History and criticism. Classification: LCC PS3611.R5433 Z76 2019 | DDC 811/.6—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b15297

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