The House That Jack Built

Author: Jack Spicer
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 9780819569622
Release Date: 2010-06-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

The House That Jack Built collects for the first time the four historic talks given by controversial poet Jack Spicer just before his early death in 1965. These lively and provocative lectures function as a gloss to Spicer's own poetry, a general discourse on poetics, and a cautionary handbook for young poets. This long-awaited document of Spicer's unorthodox poetic vision, what Robin Blaser has called "the practice of outside," is an authoritative edition of an underground classic. Peter Gizzi's afterword elucidates some of the fundamental issues of Spicer's poetry and lectures, including the concept of poetic dictation, which Spicer renovates with vocabularies of popular culture: radio, Martians, and baseball; his use of the California landscape as a backdrop for his poems; and his visual imagination in relation to the aesthetics of west-coast funk assemblage. This book delivers a firsthand account of the contrary and turbulent poetics that define Spicer's ongoing contribution to an international avant-garde.

Harry Smith

Author: Andrew Perchuk
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892367351
Release Date: 2010-01-01
Genre: Art

Filmmaker, musicologist, painter, ethnographer, graphic designer, mystic, and collector of string figures and other patterns, Harry Smith (1927-1991) was among the most original creative forces in postwar American art and culture, yet his life and work remain poorly understood. Today he is remembered primarily for his Anthology of American Folk Music (1952)--an idiosyncratic collection of early recordings that educated and inspired a generation of musicians and roots music fans--and for a body of innovative abstract and nonnarrative films. Constituting a first attempt to locate Smith and his diverse endeavors within the history of avant-garde art production in twentieth-century America, the essays in this volume reach across Smith's artistic oeuvre. In addition to contributions by Paul Arthur, Robert Cantwell, Thomas Crow, Stephen Fredman, Stephen Hinton, Greil Marcus, Annette Michelson, William Moritz, and P. Adams Sitney, the volume contains numerous illustrations of Smith's works and a selection of his letters and other primary sources.

In Defense of Nothing

Author: Peter Gizzi
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 9780819574312
Release Date: 2014-03-03
Genre: Poetry

Finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award (2015) Since his celebrated first book of poetry, Peter Gizzi has been hailed as one of the most significant and distinctive voices writing today. Gathered from over five collections, and representing close to twenty-five years of work, the poems in this generous selection strike a dynamic balance of honesty, emotion, intellectual depth and otherworldly resonance—in Gizzi’s work, poetry itself becomes a primary ground of human experience. Haunted, vibrant, and saturated with luminous detail, Gizzi’s poetry enlists the American vernacular in a magical and complex music. In Defense of Nothing is an immensely valuable introduction to the work of this extraordinary and singular poet. Check for the online reader’s companion at

Twentieth Century American Poetics Poets on the Art of Poetry

Author: Dana Gioia
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
ISBN: STANFORD:36105111933052
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This comprehensive chronological anthology includes 58 essays on poetry by 53 poets. Starting with James Weldon Johnson and Robert Frost, the book offers diverse and often conflicting accounts of the nature and function of poetry. The collection includes rarely anthologized essays by Jack Spicer, Rhina Espaillat, Anne Stevenson, and Ron Silliman, as well as work by some of the finest younger critics in America, including William Logan, Alice Fulton, and Christian Wiman.

The Recovery of the Public World

Author: Robin Blaser
Publisher: Burnaby, B.C. : Talonbooks
ISBN: STANFORD:36105028996218
Release Date: 1999-01
Genre: Literary Collections

A collection of texts and talks which address the work of poet Robin Blaser.

Twentieth century American poetry

Author: Dana Gioia
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
ISBN: STANFORD:36105111930736
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Literary Criticism

An anthology of twentieth-century American poetry spans the genre's development throughout the past one hundred years and is arranged by major movement to provide a comprehensive historical and cultural overview.

Girls who wore black

Author: Ronna Johnson
Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr
ISBN: UOM:39015054417053
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Literary Criticism

What do we know about the women who played an important role in creating the literature of the Beat Generation? Until recently, very little. Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs have come to typify this iconoclastic cold war -- and nearly completely masculine -- scene. Studies of the movement have effaced or excluded women writers, such as Elise Cowen, Joyce Johnson, Joanne Kyger, Hettie Jones, and Diane Di Prima, each one a significant figure of the postwar Beat communities. Equally free-thinking and innovative as the founding generation of men, women writers, fluent in Beat, hippie, and women's movement idioms, partook of and bridged two important countercultures of the American mid-century. Persistently foregrounding female experiences in the cold war 1950s and in the counterculture 1960s and in every decade up to the millennium, women writing Beat have brought nonconformity, skepticism, and gender dissent to postmodern culture and literary production in the United States and beyond.The contributors to Girls Who Wore Black fill the gap in critical consideration of women writers of the Beat Generation and evaluate their lives and literary output, helping us to appreciate their unique, diverse voices during a dynamic moment of profound and far-reaching cultural change. The text is enhanced with photographs and a selected bibliography for each featured writer.

A Secret Location on the Lower East Side

Author: Steven Clay
Publisher: Granary Books
ISBN: 1887123202
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Literary Criticism

This book documents the confluence of the New American Poetry and the mimeo revolution and accompanies an The variousetry and the mimeo revolution and accompanies an exhibition at the New York Public Library. The various strains of American poetry identified and published in Donald Allen's watershed anthology The New American Poetry 1945-1960 (Grove, 1960) include Beat, Black Mountain, New York School, San Francisco Renaissance, and others. These forms extended into and evolved throughout the '60s and '70s and found expression in such "underground" magazines and presses as Semina, Kulcher, Beatitude, Totem, Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts, Open Space, White Rabbit, Auerhahn, 0 to 9, Angel Hair, Locus Solus, and others. A Secret Location provides a glimpse into the world of the revolution in small press literary publishing by focusing on scenes on the West Coast and in downtown New York, including checklists for over eighty magazines and presses. It includes a preface by Jerome Rothenburg and contributions from many of the original editors and publishers. Illustrated with 200 b&w photos.

Answerable to none

Author: Edward Halsey Foster
ISBN: STANFORD:36105025128203
Release Date: 1999-12
Genre: Literary Criticism

Essays on contemporary American Literature.