Synopses & Reviews
galvanized attention on its publication in 1994, making "the avant-garde accessible" () and filling "an enormous gap in the publication annals of contemporary poetry" (Marjorie Perloff). Now, two decades later, Paul Hoover returns to suggest what postmodernism means in the twenty-first century. This revised and expanded edition features 114 poets, 557 poems, and 15 poetics essays, addressing important recent movements such as Newlipo, conceptual poetry, and Flarf. Bringing together foundational postmodern poets like Charles Olson, Denise Levertov, and Allen Ginsberg with new voices like Christian Bok, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Katie Degentesh, this edition of is the essential collection for a new generation of readers.
"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 Olsen 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 Olsen'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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A new edition of this groundbreaking anthology revisits postmodernism as a twenty-first-century movement.
About the Author
Paul Hoover is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University and coeditor of the literary magazine New American Writing. He has published nine books of poetry and a novel.