(Re:)Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan by James Maynard(Re:)Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan by James Maynard

(Re:)Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan

byJames MaynardEditorJ. Maynard

Hardcover | September 21, 2011

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Although praised by reviewers, Robert Duncan’s last two books of poetry have yet to receive the critical attention they merit. This collection fills that gap and addresses such topics as the evolution of Ground Work, the relation of Duncan’s later poetry to earlier writing, the historical and cultural relevance of the work, theoretical concerns informing the poetics, and the significance of his later prose. Overall, this volume—which includes uncollected and unpublished writings by Duncan himself—offers a comprehensive introduction to the complex ground of his late writings while demonstrating a wide range of possibilities for their critical reading.

James Maynard is Assistant Curator of the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo. He is the coeditor of Robert Duncan’s Ground Work: Before the War/In the Dark and is currently editing a collection of Duncan’s essays and other prose.
Title:(Re:)Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert DuncanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pagesPublished:September 21, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230108105

ISBN - 13:9780230108103


Table of Contents

(Re:)Working the Ground: An Introduction--James Maynard * Previously Uncollected and Unpublished Writings by Robert Duncan * from: A Prospectus for the Prepublication Issue of Ground Work * Before the War: Preface * In Passage * Essays * Into the Serial Forms of “The Regulators--Robert J. Bertholf * Duncan Étude III: Intellectual Property or the Poetic Commons--Stephen Collis * Before Caesar’s Gate, Robert Duncan Comes to Grief: The Vietnam War and the “Unengendered Child”--Stephen Fredman * Robert Duncan’s Craft Exchanges: Doing Ground Work in the Pastoral--Jeff Hamilton * The Needs of Ghosts: On Poems from the Margins of Thom Gunn’s “Moly”--Devin Johnston * Robert Duncan’s Radical Humanism; or, On the Crises of Reading and Falling in Love--Eric Keenaghan * Duncan’s Celestial Hierarchy--Peter O’Leary * Genreading and Underwriting (in) Robert Duncan’s Ground Work--Clément Oudart * Robert Duncan and Gertrude Stein from Writing Writing to Ground Work II--Brian M. Reed * The Story Told of What Cannot Be Told--Dennis Tedlock * “[T]he poem / as a shatterd pitcher of rock crystal”: “An Essay at War” as Groundwork for Robert Duncan’s Later Poetry--Kimberlee Winter

Editorial Reviews

“This welcome collection of essays addressing Robert Duncan’s late writings offers an informative, thought-provoking range of insight and approach. The essays are blessed with deep archival, philological, and contextualizing reach, resonantly engaging the heft and the restive harmonics of Duncan’s work.”—Nathaniel Mackey, Reynolds Price Professor of English, Duke University“This brilliant and much-needed collection of essays, along with three important works by Duncan himself, addresses the dynamics and materials of Duncan’s making, the complex forces at work in his writing-as-reading and reading-as-writing, the range of his inclusive explorations and across-the-board readings, his investigations of other languages—and worlds besides. These essays exhilarate the connectedness of the late, great poems of Ground Work to the earlier, all the way from The Years as Catches to Bending the Bow.”—Peter Quartermain, Professor of English Emeritus, University of British Columbia and author of Disjunctive Poetics from Gertrude Stein and Louis Zukofsky to Susan Howe “Offers a definitive treatment of a poet for whom reading was a mode of being and writing an entry into cosmic orders. Far from providing a critical consensus on Duncan’s notoriously eclectic work, these essays show the generative and rhizomatic trajectories his thought could pursue. Building on extensive archival research, essays in this volume trace Duncan’s response to events of his own later years—Vietnam, feminism, gay liberation, as well as his own household, friendships, and mortality. With the long-awaited arrival of a multi-volume edition of Duncan’s collected writings (Re:)Working the Ground re-opens the field of inquiry for this vital American poet.”—Michael Davidson, Distinguished Professor of American Literature, UC San Diego