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A Nomad Poetics: Essays

A Nomad Poetics: Essays

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Powerful essays on the state and aims of contemporary poetry.

The days of anything static--form, content, state--are over, declares poet and translator Pierre Joris in A Nomad Poetics, his first collection of critical essays. Joris maps the success and limitations of contemporary avant-garde poetics, from Tristan Tzara to the most contemporary American experimental poetry, an investigation that leads him to envision a nomadic poetics as a strategy for new poetic work, for translation and, fundamentally, for an ethics of early 21st century life. Extending concepts and concerns voiced by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Nomad Poetics is a daring first step in deploying the method of the rhizome, one grounded in Paul Celan's insight that Reality is not. It has to be searched for and won. With articulate immediacy, Joris's essays announce a metamorphosis of language-based art, much needed if poetry is to be of essential use in shaping the world to come.

Author: Pierre Joris
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Published: 11/05/2003
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.52lbs
Size: 8.62h x 5.46w x 0.53d
ISBN: 9780819566461

About the Author
PIERRE JORIS is the author of 22 books of poetry, most recently Poasis (Wesleyan, 2001) and co-editor of Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry. He has published English translations of Celan, Tzara, Rilke and Blanchot, among others. He is Professor of English at SUNY, Albany.

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