The Only Poetry That Matters: Reading the Kootenay School of Writing

The Only Poetry That Matters Reading the Kootenay School of Writing The Kootenay School of Writing is an internationally renowned poetry group that came of age in the s It is best known for its contributions to language poetry the tradition founded in the early

  • Title: The Only Poetry That Matters: Reading the Kootenay School of Writing
  • Author: Clint Burnham
  • ISBN: 9781551524290
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Kootenay School of Writing is an internationally renowned poetry group that came of age in the 1980s It is best known for its contributions to language poetry, the tradition founded in the early 1970s by Charles Bernstein and others, a direct descendant of the New American poetry movement Using the psychoanalytic criticism of Jacques Lacan and Slavoj izek, novelisThe Kootenay School of Writing is an internationally renowned poetry group that came of age in the 1980s It is best known for its contributions to language poetry, the tradition founded in the early 1970s by Charles Bernstein and others, a direct descendant of the New American poetry movement Using the psychoanalytic criticism of Jacques Lacan and Slavoj izek, novelist and poet Burnham unpacks and demystifies the purposely dense and disjunctive work of KSW poets, arguing that it matters because of its materiality, because of its politics, and because of how the writing, rather than offering a ready made message, passes the work onto the reader, allowing the reader to create meaning Burnham identifies three tendencies the empty speech of poets like Kathryn MacLeod, the social collage of Jeff Derksen s work, and the Red Tory neopastoralism of Lisa Robertson He also takes a tour through the KSW archive, unearthing its place in a social history of Vancouver its art, its politics, its tumultuous geography.The Only Poetry That Matters is essential reading for anyone who is interested in contemporary writing, in political art, and in what it means to make meaning.Clint Burnham is an English professor at Simon Fraser University His books include the novel Smoke Show Arsenal Pulp Press and The Jamesonian Unconscious Duke University Press.

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    1. It has some pretty good historical context and an interesting reading of some of the works, but I think I would've liked it more as an anthology with more of each work -- some of the snippet examples were too short, preventing me from getting into the work and understanding the context, ending up as feeling more like an interruption than anything else, ultimately leaving me feeling disconnected from a lot of Burnham's analysis.

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