Writing In Our Time: Canada's Radical Poetries in English (1957-2003) by Pauline ButlingWriting In Our Time: Canada's Radical Poetries in English (1957-2003) by Pauline Butling

Writing In Our Time: Canada's Radical Poetries in English (1957-2003)

byPauline Butling, Susan Rudy

Paperback | April 12, 2005

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Process poetics is about radical poetry — poetry that challenges dominant world views, values, and aesthetic practices with its use of unconventional punctuation, interrupted syntax, variable subject positions, repetition, fragmentation, and disjunction.

To trace the aesthetically and politically radical poetries in English Canada since the 1960s, Pauline Butling and Susan Rudy begin with the “upstart” poets published in Vancouver’s TISH: A Poetry Newsletter, and follow the trajectory of process poetics in its national and international manifestations through the 1980s and ’90s.

The poetics explored include the works of Nicole Brossard, Daphne Martlatt, bpNichol, George Bowering, Roy Kiyooka, and Frank Davey in the 1960s and ’70s. For the 1980-2000 period, the authors include essays on Jeff Derksen, Clare Harris, Erin Mour, and Lisa Robertson. They also look at books by older authors published after 1979, including Robin Blaser, Robert Kroetsch, and Fred Wah.

A historiography of the radical poets, and a roster of the little magazines, small press publishers, literary festivals, and other such sites that have sustained poetic experimentation, provide context.

Pauline Butling teaches Canadian literature and cultural studies in the Humanities Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Susan Rudy Dorscht teaches literary and feminist theory, writing by women, and Canadian writing in the English Department at the University of Calgary.
Title:Writing In Our Time: Canada's Radical Poetries in English (1957-2003)Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.85 × 5.89 × 0.65 inPublished:April 12, 2005Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889204306

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Writing in Our Time: Canada’s Radical Poetries in English (1957–2003) by Pauline Butling and Susan Rudy

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Preface | Pauline Butling and Susan Rudy


Chronology 1 (1957–1979)
From the Canada Council to Writing in Our Time

1. (Re)Defining Radical Poetics | Pauline Butling

2. One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four: Poetry, Publishing, Politics, and Communities | Pauline Butling

3. Tish: “The Problem of Margins” | Pauline Butling

4. bpNichol and a Gift Economy: “The Play of a Value and the Value of Play” | Pauline Butling

5. “I know that all has not been said”: Nicole Brossard in English | Susan Rudy

6. Poetry and Landscape, More Than Meets the Eye: Roy Kiyooka, Frank Davey, Daphne Marlatt, and George Bowering | Pauline Butling

7. Fred Wah—Among | Susan Rudy

8. “The Desperate Love Story That Poetry Is”: Robert Kroetsch’s The Hornbooks of Rita K | Susan Rudy

Chronology 2(1980–2003)
Theytus Books to Nomados Press

9. “Who Is She?” Inside/Outside Literary Communities | Pauline Butling

10. “what there is teasing beyond the edges”: Claire Harris’s Liminal Autobiography | Susan Rudy

11. Robin Blaser’s “thousand and one celebrations” | Pauline Butling

12. “From Radical to Integral”: Daphne Marlatt’s “Booking Passage” | Pauline Butling

13. “But Is It Politics?”: Jeff Derksen’s “Rearticulatory Poetics” | Susan Rudy

14. “what can atmosphere with / vocabularies delight?”: Excessively Reading Erin Mouré | Susan Rudy

15. The Weather Project: Lisa Robertson’s Poetics of “Soft Architecture” | Susan Rudy

16. Literary Activism: Changing the Garde: 1990s Editing and Publishing | Pauline Butling

Works Cited


Editorial Reviews

"Pauline Butling and Susan Rudy offer a remarkably encyclopedic history of the contemporary Canadian poetic avant-garde.... But the book's ambitions go far beyond that of a reference book.... Perhaps the book's most striking move ... is to redefine avant-gardism – historically dominated by white male writers – to include the work of women, writers of colour, and gay and lesbian writers." - Timothy Yu - University of Toronto Quarterly, Letters in Canada 2005, Volume 76, number 1, Winter 2007 - 200801