Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media

How the negotiation between poetic and media discourses takes place is the subject of Marjorie Perloff s groundbreaking study Radical Artifice considers what happens when the natural speech model inherited from the great Modernist poets comes up against the natural speech of the Donahue talk show, or again, how visual poetics and verse forms are responding to the laHow the negotiation between poetic and media discourses takes place is the subject of Marjorie Perloff s groundbreaking study Radical Artifice considers what happens when the natural speech model inherited from the great Modernist poets comes up against the natural speech of the Donahue talk show, or again, how visual poetics and verse forms are responding to the languages of billboards and sound bytes Among the many poets whose works are discussed are John Ashbery, George Oppen, Susan Howe, Clark Coolidge, Lyn Hejinian, Leslie Scalapino, Charles Bernstein, Johanna Drucker, and Steve McCaffery But the strongest presence in Perloff s book is John Cage, a poet better known as a composer, a philosopher, a printmaker, and one who understood, almost half a century ago, that from now on no word, musical note, painted surface, or theoretical statement could ever again escape contamination from the media landscape in which we live It is under his sign that Radical Artifice was composed.
Radical Artifice Writing Poetry in the Age of Media How the negotiation between poetic and media discourses takes place is the subject of Marjorie Perloff s groundbreaking study Radical Artifice considers what happens when the natural speech model inhe

  • Title: Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media
  • Author: Marjorie Perloff
  • ISBN: 9780226657349
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Criticism is not somewhere outside and beyond the "great arc of disintegration and decay" within which we live today: if art undergoes the commodification of "late capitalism," so, inevitably, does critical theory. Or perhaps, as I prefer to think, the parameters can be redefined. In a recent essay on postmodernism for the Socialist Review, Charles Bernstein writes:We can act: we are not trapped in the postmodern condition if we are willing to differentiate between works of art that suggest new [...]

    2. Prominent literary critic, Marjorie Perloff, introduces the Language poets to the academic world, at the same time, jump-starting the careers of many of them. In the several chapters, divided into almost discreet essays, she analyzes the relevance of these poets in an age of media, an age which demands different ways of reading, and therefore writing. That said, she's one of the clearest, concisest, and sharpest poetry critics out there today.

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