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American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (Wesleyan Poetry) Paperback – August 13, 2002
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The going assumption of this book is that you need to read the opinions of critics at great length to gain anything from the source material. You're far better off to find a few books by these poets and read their actual work. You cannot possibly get a feel for this writers without a greater set of what they've actually written.
I call out the press and editor here for sheer stupidity. I think it's a reasonable assumption that a book classified as an anthology of poetry contains more poetry than meaningless criticism.
Each is represented by a sample of work, a brief poetics statement, and a critic's essay which provides context to readers new to the work.
In her introductory essay co-editor Juliana Spahr says this collection aims to begin a dialogue between the two often falsely separated poetries of Language poetry and lyric. "The unevenness of these two terms, one a social grouping and the other a genre, remains a sign of some dissonance even as critics often pit Language and lyricism against each other with straw-man models," she writes.
Rae Armantrout writes that her own poetry involves an equal counterweight of assertion and doubt. "It's a Cheshire poetics, one that points two ways then vanishes in the blur of what is seen and what is seeing, what can be known and what it is to know." Hank Lazer writes that Armantrout "gives us a typically lyrical moment, but that moment inevitably is tied to some counterbalancing skepticism, so that the moment becomes ironized or self-conflicted."
Susan Howe says, "I think a lot of my work is about breaking free. Starting free and being captured and breaking free again and being captured again." Ming Qian Ma writes that Howe's poetry demonstrates a bent to contrive a method, or countermethod, to break free from the language trap through a `productive violence' highly informed rather than random.Read more ›