By David Arnold
It's been variously labelled 'Language Poetry', 'Language Writing', 'L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E writing' (after the journal that ran from 1978 to 1981), and 'language-centred writing'. it's been put in response to its geographical positions, on East or West coasts; its venues in small magazines, self sufficient presses and function areas, and its descent from ancient precursors, be they the Objectivists, the composers-by-field of the Black Mountain college, the Russian Constructivists or American modernism à l. a. William Carlos Williams and Gertrude Stein. certainly, one of many few statements that may be made approximately it with little qualification is that 'it' has either fostered and continued a trouble in illustration roughly because it first grew to become seen within the Nineteen Seventies. In Poetry & Language Writing David Arnold grasps the nettle of Language poetry, reassessing its dating with surrealism and delivering a scholarly, clever manner of figuring out the stream. Poets mentioned contain Charles Bernstein, Susan Howe, Michael Palmer and Barrett Watten.
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