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Statutes of Liberty : The New York School of Poets - Geoff Ward

Statutes of Liberty

The New York School of Poets

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Statutes of Liberty (1993) was the first book on The New York School of Poets, and offers the definitive critical account of its key figures: John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara and James Schuyler. This second edition contains up-to-date material on the group and its growing influence on postmodern poetics. A new postscript focuses on the work of Ashbery, currently the most esteemed American poet since Wallace Stevens, and his profile output in the 1990s, including his two hundred page epic poem Flow Chart.

'By a wonderful irony - an irony John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler would surely have appreciated - the best overview of the New York School of Poets was written by a British poet-critic then living in Liverpool. Geoff Ward's superb close readings of individual poems is everywhere informed by stringent cultural and political commentary. In this new edition, Ward adds a postscript on the legacy of New York poetry, especially in the lyric of the women poets, Barbara Guest and Marjorie Welish, he surveys Ashbery's recent oeuvre, and he revises his earlier estimates of the key influences on his poets. This is a genuinely CRITICAL book, one that no one interested in postwar American poetry will want to miss.' - Marjorie Perloff, Professor of English, Stanford University

'Geoff Ward offers astute readings of several of the most engaging, original, and socially cogent American poets of the past half-century. Statutes of Liberty: The New York School of Poets is a richly detailed and thoughtful account of the contexts and practices of a writing whose ability to reinvent its forms has made it invaluable to the present and future of poetry in English.'- Charles Bernstein, Director, Poetics Program, SUNY-Buffalo

'...gives voice to a lively, combative personality through the characterizations and judgements it renders.' - Stephen Freedman, American Literature

Copyright Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. viii
Preface to the Second Editonp. ix
Introduction: The New York School of Poetsp. 1
James Schuyler and the Rhetoric of Temporalityp. 10
Poetry of Deep and Layered Spacep. 10
SchuyIer's Mortal Worldp. 14
The Rhetoric of Temporalityp. 24
Shadows and Marginsp. 29
Frank O'Hara: Accident and Designp. 36
Grace and the Important Utterancep. 36
O'Hara in the American Grainp. 52
'It is Possible isn't it': O'Hara's Timekeepingp. 60
Ashbery and Influencep. 83
The English Ashberyp. 83
The Old Magical Notionsp. 94
Dreaming of Americap. 105
Anxieties of Influencep. 113
Heaney Waves the Big Stickp. 120
Collaboration and its Sub-Textp. 126
'Wet Casements'p. 130
Lyric Poets in the Era of Late Capitalismp. 135
Botanizing on the Asphaltp. 135
Postmodernism and the End of Representationp. 146
The Fate of Perception: 'Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror'p. 156
The Perception of Fate: 'A Wave' and 'Joe's Jacket'p. 165
Postscript: Going Around Citiesp. 177
Postscript: The New York School at the Millenniump. 190
Notesp. 206
Bibliographyp. 214
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780333786383
ISBN-10: 0333786386
Series: New York School of Poets
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 18th December 2000
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised