What Is Poetry: Conversations With the American Avant-Garde

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Over a four-year period, Daniel Kane interviewed many of America’s most interesting and daring contemporary poets about their work. What Is Poetry features twelve of the liveliest of these dialogues, accompanied by an in-depth introduction to the American "avant-garde tradition," a series of personable biographies, and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

The results are nothing short of a revelation: the interviews offer poets, readers, and writing teachers a backstage pass to experimental poetry, and Kane’s introductory essay provides a unique approach to an art that is at once playful and provocative.

Rae Armantrout · John Ashbery · Robert Creeley · Fanny Howe · Lisa Jarnot · Kenneth Koch · Ann Lauterbach · Bernadette Mayer · Harryette Mullen · Michael Palmer · Lewis Warsh · Marjorie Welish

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Daniel Kane is currently a lecturer in American Literature at the University of East Anglia, England. He is the author of All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s (University of California Press), and his poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, and The Hat. Born in New York City, Kane was educated at Marlboro College and has a Ph.D. from New York University.

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