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Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry, Vol. 2: From Postwar to Millennium

 
 
 
 
Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry, Vol. 2: From Postwar to Millennium
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780520208643
ISBN 10: 520208641
Edition: Later prt.
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1998-04-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 912
List Price: $41.95
 
 

Praise for Volume 1: "The word anthology hardly does justice to Rothenberg and Joris's brilliant reconceptualization of twentieth-century poetry in a global context. This is that rare book that forces us to rethink what the poetic is and can be." —Marjorie Perloff

"This book is destined to become a fundamental resource for the study of twentieth-century literature and culture. Its importance cannot be overstated."—Charles Bernstein

"A sourcebook for the future."—Gary Snyder

Publishers Weekly

This invaluable collection, rather than gathering the most fully realized poetry of this century's first four decades, maps poetic possibility, thus demonstrating how poetry was literally remade during this period. A section of ``forerunners'' traces the revolutionizing of poetic intuition from Blake to Lautramont. Italian and Russian Futurism's typographical experiments, best seen through the ``manifestos'' are faithfully rendered; Dada and Surrealism are correctly treated as separate movements with differing aims. Aim Csaire's term Negritude defines a section of Black Francophone literature clearly influenced by Surrealism, but centered on its African and Caribbean beginnings. Three long ``galleries,'' collecting poems not necessarily related by nationality or subject matter, are interspersed among the sections of explicit poetic movements. Commentaries, many on individual poetsC.P. Cavafy, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Osip Mandelstam and Pablo Neruda among themand often in the poets' own words, give context to the unwieldy mass of these poems, many difficult to find in English. The next volume promises to show the use to which today's poets have put this rich legacy. (Nov.)