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Among Friends [electronic resource] : Engendering the Social Site of Poetry

By: Dewey, Anne.
Contributor(s): Rifkin, Libbie.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Contemp North American Poetry: Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (285 p.).ISBN: 9781609381714.Subject(s): American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism | American poetry -- 21st century -- History and criticism | Mentoring of authors -- United States | Poetry -- Authorship -- Social aspects | Social networks -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Among Friends : Engendering the Social Site of PoetryDDC classification: 811.5409353 | 811/.5409353 LOC classification: PS323PS323.5 .A56 2013Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgments; Anne Dewey and Libbie Rifkin - Introduction; Part One | Friendship and Women's Poetic Careers; One | Linda Russo - How You Want to Be Styled: Philip Whalen in Correspondence with Joanne Kyger, 1959 - 1964; Two | Daniel Kane - I Just Got Different Theories: Patti Smith and the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church; Part Two | Community 2.0; Three | Lytle Shaw - Presence in the Poets' Polis: Hippie Phenomenology in Bolinas; Four | Peter Middleton - When L=A: Language, Authorship, and Equality in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Magazine
Five | Barrett Watten - After Literary Community: The Grand Piano and the Politics of FriendshipSix | Maria Damon - Between Friendship Network and Literary Movement: Flarf as a Poetics of Sociability; Part Three | Inclinations; Seven | Ross Hair - Jargon Society: The Remote Relations of Lorine Niedecker and Jonathan Williams; Eight | Andrew Epstein - The Volley Maintained Nears Orgasm: Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, and the Cross-Gender Collaboration; Nine | Ann Vickery - In/Complete: Locating Origins of the Poet in Jennifer Moxley's In Memoriams to Helena Bennett; Part Four | Among Friends
Ten | Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Ronaldo V. Wilson - Black Took Collective: On Intimacy & OriginBibliography; Contributors; Index
Summary: Philosophers and theorists have long recognized both the subversive and the transformative possibilities of friendship, the intimacy of which can transcend the impersonality of such identity categories as race, class, or gender. Unlike familial relations, friendships are chosen, opening a space of relative freedom in which to create and explore new identities. This process has been particularly valuable to poets marginalized by gender or sexuality since the second half of the twentieth century, as friendship provides both a buffer against and a wedge into predominantly male homosocial poetic communities.Among Friends presents a richly theorized evocation of friendship as a fluid, critical social space, one that offers a vantage point from which to explore the gendering of poetic institutions and practices from the postwar period to the present. With friendship as an optic, the essays in this volume offer important new insights into the gender politics of the poetic avant-garde, since poetry as an institution has continued to be transformed by dramatic changes wrought by second-wave feminism, sexual liberation, and gay rights. These essays reveal the intimate social negotiations that fight, fracture, and queer the conventions of authority and community that have long constrained women poets and the gendering of poetic subjectivities.From this shared perspective, the essays collected here investigate a historically and aesthetically wide-ranging array of subjects: from Joanne Kyger and Philip Whalen's trans-Pacific friendship, to Patti Smith's grounding of her punk persona in the tension between her romantic friendships with male artists and her more professional connections to the poets of the St. Mark's scene, and from the gender dynamics of the Language School to the Flarf network's reconception of poetic community in the digital age and the Black Took Collective's creation of an intimate poetics of performance. Together, these explorations of poetic friendship open up new avenues for interrogating contemporary American poetry. Contributors: Maria Damon, Andrew Epstein, Ross Hair, Duriel E. Harris, Daniel Kane, Dawn Lundy Martin, Peter Middleton, Linda Russo, Lytle Shaw, Ann Vickery, Barrett Watten, Ronaldo V. Wilson
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Anne Dewey and Libbie Rifkin - Introduction; Part One | Friendship and Women's Poetic Careers; One | Linda Russo - How You Want to Be Styled: Philip Whalen in Correspondence with Joanne Kyger, 1959 - 1964; Two | Daniel Kane - I Just Got Different Theories: Patti Smith and the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church; Part Two | Community 2.0; Three | Lytle Shaw - Presence in the Poets' Polis: Hippie Phenomenology in Bolinas; Four | Peter Middleton - When L=A: Language, Authorship, and Equality in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Magazine

Five | Barrett Watten - After Literary Community: The Grand Piano and the Politics of FriendshipSix | Maria Damon - Between Friendship Network and Literary Movement: Flarf as a Poetics of Sociability; Part Three | Inclinations; Seven | Ross Hair - Jargon Society: The Remote Relations of Lorine Niedecker and Jonathan Williams; Eight | Andrew Epstein - The Volley Maintained Nears Orgasm: Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, and the Cross-Gender Collaboration; Nine | Ann Vickery - In/Complete: Locating Origins of the Poet in Jennifer Moxley's In Memoriams to Helena Bennett; Part Four | Among Friends

Ten | Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Ronaldo V. Wilson - Black Took Collective: On Intimacy & OriginBibliography; Contributors; Index

Philosophers and theorists have long recognized both the subversive and the transformative possibilities of friendship, the intimacy of which can transcend the impersonality of such identity categories as race, class, or gender. Unlike familial relations, friendships are chosen, opening a space of relative freedom in which to create and explore new identities. This process has been particularly valuable to poets marginalized by gender or sexuality since the second half of the twentieth century, as friendship provides both a buffer against and a wedge into predominantly male homosocial poetic communities.Among Friends presents a richly theorized evocation of friendship as a fluid, critical social space, one that offers a vantage point from which to explore the gendering of poetic institutions and practices from the postwar period to the present. With friendship as an optic, the essays in this volume offer important new insights into the gender politics of the poetic avant-garde, since poetry as an institution has continued to be transformed by dramatic changes wrought by second-wave feminism, sexual liberation, and gay rights. These essays reveal the intimate social negotiations that fight, fracture, and queer the conventions of authority and community that have long constrained women poets and the gendering of poetic subjectivities.From this shared perspective, the essays collected here investigate a historically and aesthetically wide-ranging array of subjects: from Joanne Kyger and Philip Whalen's trans-Pacific friendship, to Patti Smith's grounding of her punk persona in the tension between her romantic friendships with male artists and her more professional connections to the poets of the St. Mark's scene, and from the gender dynamics of the Language School to the Flarf network's reconception of poetic community in the digital age and the Black Took Collective's creation of an intimate poetics of performance. Together, these explorations of poetic friendship open up new avenues for interrogating contemporary American poetry. Contributors: Maria Damon, Andrew Epstein, Ross Hair, Duriel E. Harris, Daniel Kane, Dawn Lundy Martin, Peter Middleton, Linda Russo, Lytle Shaw, Ann Vickery, Barrett Watten, Ronaldo V. Wilson

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CHOICE Review

Among those who have written important book-length studies of sociality and post-1945 poetry are Andrew Epstein, Michael Davidson, Libbie Rifkin (one of this volume's editors), Stephen Voyce (Poetic Community, CH, Nov'13, 51-1351), and both the editors of the present volume. Here Dewey (Saint Louis Univ.) and Rifkin (Georgetown Univ.) push that conversation forward, drawing attention to a range of perspectives on the social site of poetry. Rejecting the image of the poet as isolated genius--and also the old, homogenizing trope of poetic "schools"--this book's contributors focus on the significance of friendship, collaboration, and gender in the creation of poetry, and invite the reader to consider the poem itself as a social site. The essays on the best-known avant-garde groups (the LANGUAGE poets, Flarf, and Black Took Collective) are perhaps less compelling--such groups can come to seem too self-involved, even at times self-important. More compelling are essays on Philip Whalen and Joanne Kyger, Patti Smith and the St. Mark's Poetry Project, and Jonathan Williams and Lorine Niedecker, in which questions of friendship and gender are addressed more thoughtfully. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. G. Grieve-Carlson Lebanon Valley College

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