Inciting Poetics
272 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Release Date:15 Jun 2019

Inciting Poetics

Thinking and Writing Poetry

University of New Mexico Press

The essays in Inciting Poetics provide provocative answers to the book's opening question, "What are poetics now?" Authored by some of the most important contemporary poets and critics, the essays present new theoretical and practical approaches to poetry and poetics that address current topics and approaches in the field as well as provide fresh readings of a number of canonical poets. The four sections--"What is Poetics?," "Critical Interventions," "Cross-Cultural Imperatives," and "Digital, Capital, and Institutional Frames"--create a basis on which both experienced readers and newcomers can build an understanding of how to think and write about poetry. The diverse voices throughout the collection are both informative and accessible and offer a rich exploration of multiple approaches to thinking and writing about poetry today.

Jeanne Heuving is a professor and the founder and first director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell. She is the author of The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics and Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore. Tyrone Williams is a professor and the director of the Department of English Graduate Program at Xavier University. He is the author of five books of poetry and seven poetry chapbooks and the editor of African American Literature, Revised Edition.

Jeanne Heuving and Tyrone Williams

Part One. What Is Poetics?
Chapter One. An Art of Addition, an Eddic Return
Lyn Hejinian
Chapter Two. Statement on Poetics: Pleasures, Polemics, Practices, Stakes
Rachel Blau DuPlessis
Chapter Three. From Late Arcade
Nathaniel Mackey

Part Two. Critical Interventions
Chapter Four. Poetics Today
Charles Altieri
Chapter Five. The Material and Medium of Language
Jeanne Heuving
Chapter Six. Toward Transformation: The Contextual Turn in US Poetry
Elisabeth A. Frost
Chapter Seven. "To Make from Outrage Islands of Compassion": Denise Levertov's Bridge-Poetics of Eye-Witnessing in the Context of her Friendship with Robert Duncan
Cynthia Hogue

Part Three. Cross-Cultural Imperatives
Chapter Eight. Ethnos and Graphos
Sarah Dowling
Chapter Nine. White Mischief: Language, Life, Logic, Luck, and White People
Aldon Nielsen
Chapter Ten. Transcendental Tabby
Leonard Schwartz

Part Four. Digital, Capital, and Institutional Frames
Chapter Eleven. The Codex Is Broken
Ron Silliman
Chapter Twelve. Empire Aesthetics: It's Not the Point, It's the Platform--Detroit Model
Vanessa Place
Chapter Thirteen. Now That's a Poem: Vito Acconci, Conceptual Writing, and Poetic Nominalism
Brian Reed

Part Five. Coda
Chapter Fourteen. The United Divisions of Poetry
Tyrone Williams


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