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The House That Jack Built : Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer - Peter Gizzi

The House That Jack Built

Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer


Published: 29th July 1998
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The House That Jack Built collects for the first time the four historic talks given by controversial poet Jack Spicer just before his early death in 1965. These lively and provocative lectures function as a gloss to Spicer's own poetry, a general discourse on poetics, and a cautionary handbook for young poets. This long-awaited document of Spicer's unorthodox poetic vision, what Robin Blaser has called "the practice of outside," is an authoritative edition of an underground classic.
Peter Gizzi's afterword elucidates some of the fundamental issues of Spicer's poetry and lectures, including the concept of poetic dictation, which Spicer renovates with vocabularies of popular culture: radio, Martians, and baseball; his use of the California landscape as a backdrop for his poems; and his visual imagination in relation to the aesthetics of west-coast funk assemblage. This book delivers a firsthand account of the contrary and turbulent poetics that define Spicer's ongoing contribution to an international avant-garde.

A Note on the Text
Vancouver Lecture 1
Dictation and "A Textbook of Poetry"
Vancouver Lecture 2
The Serial Poem and The Holy Grail
Vancouver Lecture 3
Poetry in Process and Book of Magazine Verse
California Lecture
Poetry and Politics
Jack Spicer and the Practice of Reading
Uncollected Prose and Final Interview
Bibliography and Works Cited
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ISBN: 9780819563408
ISBN-10: 0819563404
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 29th July 1998
Publisher: University Press of New England
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.46