Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word

Paperback | April 1, 1998

EditorCharles Bernstein

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Close Listening brings together seventeen strikingly original essays, especially written for this volume, on the poetry reading, the sound of poetry, and the visual performance of poetry. While the performance of poetry is as old as poetry itself, critical attention to modern and postmodernpoetry performance has been surprisingly slight. This volume, featuring work by critics and poets such as Marjorie Perloff, Susan Stewart, Johanna Drucker, Dennis Tedlock, and Susan Howe, is the first comprehensive introduction to the ways in which twentieth-century poetry has been practiced as aperformance art. From the performance styles of individual poets and types of poetry to the relation of sound to meaning, from historical and social approaches to poetry readings to new imaginations of prosody, the entries gathered here investigate a compelling range of topics for anyone interestedin poetry. Taken together, these essays encourage new forms of "close listenings"--not only to the printed text of poems but also to tapes, performances, and other expressions of the sounded and visualized word. The time is right for such a volume: with readings, spoken word events, and the Webgaining an increasing audience for poetry, Close Listening opens a number of new avenues for the critical discussion of the sound and performance of poetry.

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Close Listening brings together seventeen strikingly original essays, especially written for this volume, on the poetry reading, the sound of poetry, and the visual performance of poetry. While the performance of poetry is as old as poetry itself, critical attention to modern and postmodernpoetry performance has been surprisingly sligh...

Charles Bernstein is David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York, Buffalo. His books of essays and poems include Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984, A Poetics, Republics of Reality: Poems 1975-1995, Dark City, and The Sophist. He also edited The Politics of Poetic Form: Poetry and Public Policy and co...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 1.18 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195109924

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"[A] useful foray into a hot (and hotly contested) field... Bernstein's introduction is one of the highlights of the book. It is a well-written and cogent analysis of the issues raised in the various essays."--South Atlantic Review