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Feeling as a Forgeign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry

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In Feeling as a Foreign Language, award-winning poet and critic Alice Fulton considers poetry's uncanny ability to access and recreate emotions so wayward they go unnamed. How does poetry create feeling? What are fractal poetics?

In a series of provocative, beautifully written essays concerning "the good strangeness of poetry," Fulton contemplates the intricacies of a rare genetic syndrome, the aesthetics of complexity theory, and the need for "cultural incorrectness." She also meditates on electronic, biological, and linguistic screens; falls in love with an outrageous 17th-century poet; argues for a Dickinsonian tradition in American letters; and calls for a courageous poetics of "inconvenient knowledge."

Contents

Preamble

I. Process

Head Notes, Heart Notes, Base Notes

Screens: An Alchemical Scrapbook

II. Poetics

Subversive Pleasures

Of Formal, Free, and Fractal Verse: Singing the Body Eclectic

Fractal Amplifications: Writing in Three Dimensions

III. Powers

The Only Kangaroo among the Beauty

Unordinary Passions: Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle

Her Moment of Brocade: The Reconstruction of Emily Dickinson

IV. Praxis

Seed Ink

To Organize a Waterfall

V. Penchants

A Canon for Infidels

Three Poets in Pursuit of America

The State of the Art

Main Things

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VI. Premises

The Tongue as a Muscle

A Poetry of Inconvenient Knowledge

Book News Annotation:

An award-winning writer considers poetry's ability to access and recreate emotions so wayward they go unnamed. She contemplates topics such as the intricacies of a rare genetic syndrome, the aesthetics of complexity theory, and the need for "cultural correctness." Along the way, she falls in love with an outrageous 17th-century poet, and argues for a Dickinsonian tradition in American letters. Lacks a subject index. The author teaches English at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and has written four books of poetry.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An award-winning writer considers poetry's ability to access and recreate emotions so wayward they go unnamed. She contemplates topics such as the intricacies of a rare genetic syndrome, the aesthetics of complexity theory, and the need for "cultural correctness". Along the way, she falls in love with an outrageous 17th-century poet, and argues for a Dickinsonian tradition in American letters.

About the Author

Alice Fulton is the author of the poetry collections Sensual Math, Powers of Congress, Palladium, and Dance Script With Electric Ballerina. She has received several major honors, including MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and is currently Professor of English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555972868
Author:
Fulton, Alice
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Location:
St. Paul, Minn. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Poetics
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Emotions in literature
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
105-545
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.02 x 5.44 x 0.96 in

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