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A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line by Emily Rosko, Anton Vander Zee

By Emily Rosko, Anton Vander Zee

 In the world of poetry and poetics during the last century, no thought has been extra alive and contentious than the belief of shape, and no point of shape has extra emphatically backed this marked formal problem than the road. yet what, precisely, is the road? Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee’s anthology offers seventy unique solutions that lead us deeper into the area of poetry, but additionally a ways out into the area at huge: its humans, its politics, its ecology. The authors integrated right here, rising and validated alike, write from a variety of views, when it comes to either aesthetics and id. jointly, they give a dynamic hybrid assortment that captures a vast spectrum of poetic perform within the twenty-first century. Rosko and Vander Zee’s creation deals a beneficiant assessment of conversations concerning the line from the Romantics ahead. We come to work out how the road will be an engine for beliefs of progress—political, moral, or differently. For a few poets, the road touches upon the main basic questions of information and lifestyles. greater than ever, the road is the novel opposed to which even exchange and rising poetic kinds that foreground the visible or the auditory, the web page or the reveal, could be exceptional and understood. From the beginning, a novel lesson emerges: strains don't shape which means exclusively of their brevity or their size, of their changing into or their brokenness; strains stay in and during the descriptions we provide them. certainly, the historical past of yankee poetry within the 20th century might be informed via the compounding, and sometimes confounding, discussions of its strains. A damaged factor either displays upon and extends this historical past, charting a wealthy diffusion of conception and perform into the twenty-first century with the main different, wide-ranging and interesting set of essays so far at the line in poetry, revealing how poems paintings and why poetry keeps to topic.

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The beginning of possibility: “Lines, which may be rigid or relaxed, increasing or decreasing, long or short, ascending (questioning) or descending (decisive), predisposed (necessary) or evolving (speculative), representative of sequence or of cluster, redistribute meaning continuously within the work” (192). Even Charles Bernstein’s sardonic poem-essay in iambic pentameter speaks beyond the confines of a narrowly ideological poetry. His poem “Of Time and the Line” reflects an academic culture of high-theory and ideology critique, but it also speaks not so much against it as productively beyond it: “When / making a line, better be double sure / what you’re lining in & what you’re lining / out & which side of the line you’re on” (215).

Paterson. Ed. Christopher MacGowan. New York: New Directions, 1995. ———. Selected Essays. New York: Random House, 1954. Wordsworth, William. The Prelude: 1799, 1805, 1850. Ed. Jonathan Wordsworth, M. H. Abrams, and Stephen Gill. New York: W. W. Norton, 1979. Wright, James. ’” In Friebert, A Field Guide, 81–83. Introduction | 33 On the Line Kazim Ali When we talk about the line we should talk about the line separate from came before it or after it, otherwise it is merely a sentence in prose with a break for visual effect.

Even though you must think that when information flows, any communication of the individual spirit is always counter to the centralizing urge. I said things in my book Bright Felon the only way I could. Slowly. One line. And then another. If Virilio is correct and there is only a now, then wouldn’t a chorus of coruscating voices from every last place in the world help us to believe once more in place, in actual human lives, bodies that really matter? ” Yoko Ono dreamed a film in which every single person in the world smiled.

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