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Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture (Contemp North American Poetry) Hardcover – October 1, 2006

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“Pioneering a viable interface between poetic practice and scholarly responsibility, Amato’s is a necessary voice in performative engagement with the labor-intensive underside of academic work. His command of vernacular locutions ranges from impressive to dizzying. Allied to such discerning critical intelligence, such proficiency has the potential to alter---and certainly refresh---the nature of scholarly discourse.”---Jed Rasula

“1. Buy it. 2. Listen up.3. Deprofessionalize.4. Buy a copy for a friend.5. Write a book like this.6. Industrial Poetics is da bomb.7. Because the taste is what counts.”---Charles Bernstein, author, My Way: Speeches and Poems and Shadowtime

“The second ‘Track’ (chapter) of this wild, hilarious, learned, irreverent, energetic, nasty, and touching book is called ‘How a Former Professional Engineer Becomes a Former English Professor.’ And that’s what Industrial Poetics is all about: working-class aspirants for middle-class ‘professional’ goodies, academic and journalistic hypocrisies, community failures, and the general all-around mayhem we experience at the turn of the twenty-first century. A collage of techniques from anaphoric verse to slangy dialogue, from pop song to scholarly reference, Industrial Poetics will make you laugh and sometimes cry with exasperation. Can life on the assembly line and in the ivory tower really be this absurd? Answer, oh yes, and then some.”---Marjorie Perloff

About the Author

Joe Amato completed his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering at Syracuse University, and his Master of Arts and doctoral degrees in English at University at Albany. A licensed professional engineer in New York State, he spent seven years in industry working in various project engineering capacities. Amato is the author of nine books: Samuel Taylor's Last Night (novel, Dalkey Archive Press, forthcoming); Big Man with a Shovel (novel, Steerage Press, 2011); Once an Engineer: A Song of the Salt City (memoir, SUNY Press, 2009); Pain Plus Thyme (poetry, Factory School, 2008); Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture (criticism, University of Iowa Press, 2006); Under Virga (poetry, Chax Press, 2006); Finger Exorcised (poetry, BlazeVOX [books], 2006); Bookend: Anatomies of a Virtual Self (criticism, SUNY Press, 1997); and Symptoms of a Finer Age (poetry, Viet Nam Generation, 1994). With Kass Fleisher, Amato is the author of three award-winning screenplays and, most recently, a full-length play, Fat Jack's. Amato and Fleisher have also adapted Big Man for the screen. Amato currently teaches writing and literature at Illinois State University.

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Joe Amato (born in Syracuse, New York, and raised in the metro area) is an American writer best known for his poetry and his work in poetics. He has also authored a memoir and two novels (one forthcoming). A licensed Professional Engineer in New York State, Amato spent seven years in industry working in various project engineering capacities before returning to graduate school. He holds degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from Syracuse University (B.S./B.S., 1976), and degrees in English from University at Albany (M.A., 1986, Doctor of Arts, 1989). Amato is the author of nine books and numerous essays and reviews. With his spouse, the writer Kass Fleisher, Amato has authored a play, Fat Jack's, and three award-winning screenplays (none of which have been produced to date). Since 2003, Amato has taught writing and literature at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.


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