1/12/13

Postmodern American Poetry, 2nd Edition



My anthology Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, 2nd edition, to be officially published in March (books in the warehouse in late January for those ordering for the classroom) just received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, see the link below. In the meantime, here's the text of the review: 
 
Hoover, a highly regarded West Coast poet and deep practitioner of the poetics that are the focus of this book, has greatly expanded this important anthology for its second edition. First coined by the poet Charles Olson in 1951, the term “postmodern” is defined by Hoover in his introduction as “an experimental approach to composition, as well as a worldview that sets itself apart from mainstream culture and the sentimentality and self-expressiveness of its life in writing.” That definition suggests both academic and theoretical nature of much of the poetry contained herein, as well as the many unusual formal devices often employed. But the range here is stunning, from Olson’s panoramic histories to Frank O’Hara’s chatty cityscapes to Lyn Hejinian’s bottomless autobiography. What makes this edition so welcome, for both classroom and personal use, is its inclusion of many newer poets whose careers hadn’t yet begun when the first edition was published. Now we have K. Silem Mohammad’s Internet-infused lines, Claudia Rankine’s moral collages, Christian Bok’s vowel experiments, and more, including very new writers like Ben Lerner. There’s plenty of everything—especially strong emotion—if one knows where to look. This will be an essential book for students and serious fans of poetry. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 12/24/2012

1 comment:

Thomas L. Vaultonburg said...

Wallflowers

on moonless nights
the arboretum's
prize roses
slip their elegant
gowns
skirt the limelight
and take turns
being just drab
behind the dogwoods