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Close Listening : Poetry and the Performed Word - Charles Bernstein

Close Listening

Poetry and the Performed Word

By: Charles Bernstein (Editor)

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Published: 1st April 1998
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Close Listening brings together seventeen strikingly original essays, especially written for this volume, on the poetry reading, the sound of poetry, and the visual performance of poetry. While the performance of poetry is as old as poetry itself, critical attention to modern and postmodern poetry performance has been surprisingly slight. This volume, featuring work by critics and poets such as Marjorie Perloff, Susan Stewart, Johanna Drucker, Dennis Tedlock, and Susan Howe, is the first comprehensive introduction to the ways in which twentieth-century poetry has been practiced as a performance art. From the performance styles of individual poets and types of poetry to the relation of sound to meaning, from historical and social approaches to poetry readings to new imaginations of prosody, the entries gathered here investigate a compelling range of topics for anyone interested in poetry. Taken together, these essays encourage new forms of "close listenings"--not only to the printed text of poems but also to tapes, performances, and other expressions of the sounded and visualized word. The time is right for such a volume: with readings, spoken word events, and the Web gaining an increasing audience for poetry, Close Listening opens a number of new avenues for the critical discussion of the sound and performance of poetry.

"Close Listening pays homage to...the twentieth century poetries often ignored or overinterpreted, to theories not listened to, to strategies not employed, and makes public a social history, a canvas, a recording."--Washington Review "...it might very well be the most important book on poetry published in some years...Bernstein's collection provides analysis that should help us to think more about kinds of readings and the formal and social factors to be considered in writing about or discussing them."--Modernism/Modernity "Close Listening pays homage to...the twentieth century poetries often ignored or overinterpreted, to theories not listened to, to strategies not employed, and makes public a social history, a canvas, a recording."--Washington Review "...it might very well be the most important book on poetry published in some years...Bernstein's collection provides analysis that should help us to think more about kinds of readings and the formal and social factors to be considered in writing about or discussing them."--Modernism/Modernity "[A] useful foray into a hot (and hotly contested) field... Bernstein's introduction is one of the highlights of the book. It is a well-written and cogent analysis of the issues raised in the various essays."--South Atlantic Review

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 23
Sound's Measuresp. 27
Letter on Soundp. 29
The Aural Ellipsis and the Nature of Listening in Contemporary Poetryp. 53
Praxis a Political Economy of Noise and Informalismp. 73
After Free Verse the New Nonlinear Poetriesp. 86
Ether Eitherp. 111
Performing Wordsp. 129
Visual Performance of the Poetic Textp. 131
Voice in Extremisp. 162
Toward a Poetics of Polyphony and Translatabilityp. 178
Speech Effects the Talk as a Genrep. 200
Sound Readingp. 217
Close Hearings/ Historical Settingsp. 231
Understanding the Sound of Not Understandingp. 233
the Contemporary Poetry Readingp. 262
Notesp. 295
Neon Griot: The Functional Role of Poetry Readings in the Black Arts Movementp. 320
Was That """"Different,"""" """"Dissident"""" or """"Dissonant""""?: Poetry (n) the Public Spear: Slams, Open Readings, and Dissident Traditionsp. 339
Local Vocals Hawai'I's Pidgin Literature, Performance, and Postcolonialityp. 343
Afterword Who Speaks: Ventriloquism and the Self in the Poetry Readingp. 360
Audio Resourcesp. 379
Bibliographyp. 385
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ISBN: 9780195109924
ISBN-10: 0195109929
Series: W.E.B. Du Bois Institute (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st April 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.29  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.57