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Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space Paperback – April 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Palm Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978926242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978926243
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This timely book pushes poetry more firmly into public space at a vibrant historical moment when both the public potential of poetry & the possibilities of public space are being refigured. In Landscapes of Dissent, Boykoff and Sand engage a crucial shift in the relationship of poetry & public space: they do not merely insert poetry into an existing public sphere imagined as a platform, but rather that show us how both poetry & public space take on alternative forms of publicness. These acts of publicness join other creative reclamations to assert politics in a space the neoliberalism frames as seamless & accessible--& therefore post-political. Landscapes of Dissent is expansive & sharp--an important book of political-aesthetic scholarship.--Jeff Derksen --Jeff Derksen

Landscapes of Dissent is a prolegomenon toward a new topoiesis--the creation of a new topos, a new place. This book brings forth not only the discussion of several practices of disensual use of consensual ("public") space, but also gives away ideas & insights about what takes place thanks to a poetry that makes space in a polis made diapolis. Reading this book I found myself feeling an unknown political emotion that prompts my passive reader to become a reader ready to engage (again) the streets--energized by this discussion in which writing is hope & hope is action. Make it public! --Heriberto Yepez --Heriberto Yepez

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arch Llewellyn on July 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Part primer, part field guide to pull from satchel during actions, Landscapes of Dissent skillfully compresses all the theory you need to take poetry out of the page and into the Spaces Formerly Known as Public. By focusing attention on where the poem happens (freeway signs, corporate shopping districts, chain link fences policing the commons, etc.), rather than its content or form, Boykoff and Sand open a fresh window on the hand-wringing question of poetry and politics. They also make visible a network of poets testing the limits of public space and "inadvertent audiences"--who are as apt to engage the poem by tearing it down as they are to applaud--in ways the old codex can't. Essential dissensual poetics.
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