Crisis and the US Avant-Garde: Poetry and Real Politics
Crisis and the US Avant-Garde: Poetry and Real Politics
Edinburgh University Press

Crisis and the US Avant-Garde: Poetry and Real Politics

  • Publish Date: 2015-08-01
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Ben Hickman

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Crisis and the US Avant-Garde examines the politics of poetry through the lens of crisis. A timely commentary on the role poetic culture might play in political struggle going forward into our own various contemporary crises, the book connects major twentieth-century poets and movements, including Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka and Language Poetry, with their various moments of political upheaval. Reading poems as attempted interventions in turning-points or moments of decision within American culture, Crisis and the US Avant-Garde looks at how poetry seeks to go beyond poetic language, and investigates how experimental American poetry has attempted to responds to imperialism, war, class conflict and capitalism itself.


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