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Vanishing Points : New Modernist Poems - Rod Mengham

Vanishing Points

New Modernist Poems

By: Rod Mengham, John Kinsella (Editor), John Ashbery (Contribution by), Caroline Bergvall (Contribution by), Lee Ann Brown (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 15th December 2004
ISBN: 9781876857134
Number Of Pages: 332
For Ages: 13 - 21 years old

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This major international anthology provides students and the general reader with an invaluable introduction to contemporary modernist poetry. Containing over thirty poets from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA, this selection offers a powerful vision of late-Twentieth-century poetic achievement: international, politically- and socially-engaged, and radical in imaginative vision and practice. It celebrates risk, resistance, protest and diversity within poetry, reaching across national and cultural boundaries. Vanishing Points provides students of Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English and American Studies, as well as the general reader, with an important survey of modernist poetry at the start of the new millennium. A unique introduction to the wide range of modernist experiment in contemporary poetry Ideal study aid for students of poetry and poetics Broad, international selection of acclaimed modernist poets Substantial contributions offer important insights into the range of each poet's work From the Introduction: The vanishing point lies beyond the horizon established by ruling conventions, it is where the imagination takes over from the understanding. Most anthologies of contemporary verse are filled with poems that do not cross that dividing-line, but our contention is that many poems in this volume are situated on the threshold of conventional sense-making. They go beyond the perspective of accepted canons of taste and judgement and ask questions about where they belong, and who they are meant for, often combining the pathos of estrangement with the irascibility of the refusenik. All anthologies enter the world fully aware of their genealogy, of where they fit in, of how they relate to certain traditions of writing by affiliation or rejection. This combination of dependent and independent gestures is inevitable, particularly in the case of selections of work aligned with national or regional versions of literary history. The present anthology does not fall into that category; its international reach does not, however, bring exemption from the dilemma of wanting to stand apart from conditions of rivalry while also needing to claim a special value in comparison with publications already available.

Industry Reviews

Amidst the plethora of anthologies which flood the British market there are two which stand out, distinguished, alone, separate: the first Conductors of Chaos (Picador 1996) is now out of print and the second is this recently published delight from Salt Publishing, Vanishing Points. Buy it! Keep it with you. Dip into it time and time again.

-- Ian Brinton * The Use of English *

Vanishing Points [...] achieves an informative line, which looks both ways as it crosses and spans an international reach. The poems work best when self-conscious and projected imports coincide in order to build, not merely deconstruct, sense. Andrew Crozier's poetry represents a persuasive recombination of old and new lyric tones, as words embody falling back through endnotes to stand for the uptake of fresh insight: `Divisions interposed ... rise to the surface.'

-- Sarah Wardle * The Guardian *

John AshberyAll Messages Have Been PlayedBecause the NightFranchises in FluxImmoral StreamsInteresting People of NewfoundlandMeaningful LoveWolf RidgeThe Template
Caroline BergvallHungry Form
Lee Ann BrownMy epithalamionYou Are Not Gorgeous and I Am Coming AnywayMy Uncruel April, My Totally Equal Unforetold April UnfoldedThe Impulse to Call & Spring UponRespond to meshiny jewel eyeA Call for Vertical Integration in the Eye of the StormEncyclopedia Botanica
Brian CatlingThe Pittancer
David ChalonerWasteUnnamedEmblemSpring and Other PlacesThicket of TimeVista Vert
Andrew CrozierHumiliation in its DisguisesBlank Misgivings
Andrew DuncanAndy-the-German Servant of Two MastersThe Ghost of FusionThe Shield of PerseusMartyrdom and Triumph of Sergei Korolev
Roy Fisherfrom The Cut Pages
Lionel G. FogartyBy Accident, BlinkedAm IMemo to Us (story)Kath WalkerFuck All DepartmentsBiral Biral
Ulli Freerfragmento
Peter GizziLonely TylenolAnother Day on the PilgrimageFables of CritiqueLast CigarTous les Matins du MondeDing Repair
Lyn HejinianThe Beginner
Susan Howefrom Bed Hangings
Lisa JarnotBrooklyn AnchorageWhat In Fire Did I, Firelover, Starter of Fires, Love?The Specific Incendiaries of SpringtimeStill LifeValley of the Shadow of the DogsPoem Beginning with a Line by Frank Lima
John KinsellaBluff Knoll SublimityAkbarThe Rust Eclogues: Radnoti, Poetry, and the Strains of AppropriationRadnoti Quarantine: Razglednicas
Michelle Leggottthoroughfares await themdark torchthe songs of good hopeomphalos
Tony LopezIn MemoryStudies in Classic American LiteratureDint
Barry MacSweeneyWreckage is the only AnswerSeared to the echoTotem BankingI Looked Down on a Child TodayCute Petite
Anna MendelssohnThe wrong roomStrictly personalBritain 1967On being reproached by saintly mediators for bad budgetingFrankedPhotrumfootsteps climb whereas they descend
Rod MenghamNames in the BarkTo the Soviet EmbalmersSmittenAnother Name for the CassiteridesAllegory of Good GovernmentConcession to Perpetuity No. 166
Drew Milnefrom Bench Marksfrom As It Were
Jennifer MoxleyStem of the Tree of OrestesA Transom Over Death's DoorSoleil Cou CoupTThe Easter Lesson
Ian Pattersonfrom Hardihood
J. H. Prynnefrom Red D Gypsum
Peter Rileyfrom Excavations
Lisa Robertsonfrom The Weather
Stephen RodeferBrief To ButterickStewed and Fraught with Birds
Gig RyanPure and AppliedAchilleus to OdysseusThe Global Rewards Redemption CentreEpilogueLa Penserosa
John Tranterfrom Blackout
Geoff WardTrapped WindWhat's WrongDistance LearningHorace Belisha
Marjorie WelishDetained By RestMacbeth in BattleTextile 9Textile 11Textile 12Textile 13
John WilkinsonSideshowOiled SweaterGraceThe Torn OnesThe Rest of ItThe Impatient Man Kills with his Piano-playingFunk QualmsNotes on the Contributors
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ISBN: 9781876857134
ISBN-10: 1876857137
Series: Anthologies
Audience: General
For Ages: 13 - 21 years old
For Grades: 8 - 16
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 15th December 2004
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.42