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Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

A Social Biography of Contemporary Innovative Poetry Communities

The Gift, the Wager, and Poethics

Authors: Burnett, Elizabeth-Jane

  • Provides insights into poetry communities
  • Analyzes the ways poetry communities operate and the motivations behind these social movements
  • Highlights how contemporary poetics survives with the help of innovative social networks
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About this book

This book offers a new reading of Marcell Mauss’ and Lewis Hyde’s theories of poetry as gift, exploring poetry exchanges within 20th and 21st century communities of poets, publishers, audiences and readers operating along a gift economy.  The text considers trans-Atlantic case studies across fields of performance and ecopoetics, small press publishing and poetry institutions, with focus on Joan Retallack, Bob Holman, Anne Waldman, Bob Cobbing, and feminist performance. Elizabeth-Jane Burnett focuses on innovative poetry that resists commodification, drawing on ethnography to show parallels with gift giving tribal societies; she also considers the ethical, philosophical and psychological motivations for such exchanges with particular reference to poethics. This book will appeal to researchers in modern poetry, poetry teachers, advanced students of modern literature, and those with an interest in poetry.

About the authors

Dr. Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University, Birmingham. She studied English at Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London. Her poetry includes Rivering (2017) and Swims (2014). She is currently writing a book titled A Dictionary of the Soil.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Gifts

    Burnett, Elizabeth-Jane

    Pages 1-21

  • Wagers

    Burnett, Elizabeth-Jane

    Pages 23-44

  • Rapport as Return: Bob Holman, Spoken Word and Bowery Poetry

    Burnett, Elizabeth-Jane

    Pages 45-69

  • Becoming a Bridge: The Poet’s Bodhisattva Vow: Anne Waldman and Naropa

    Burnett, Elizabeth-Jane

    Pages 71-97

  • A Circuit of Energies: Bob Cobbing, Sound Poetry and Writers Forum

    Burnett, Elizabeth-Jane

    Pages 99-129

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62295-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62294-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Social Biography of Contemporary Innovative Poetry Communities
Book Subtitle
The Gift, the Wager, and Poethics
Authors
Series Title
Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62295-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62295-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62294-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 217
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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