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After Spicer: Critical Essays.

Vincent, John Emil (editor).

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ISBN 10: 0819569410 / ISBN 13: 9780819569417
Published by Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, 2011
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240 pages. Hardcover, no dustjacket (as issued). New book. LITERARY CRITICISM. The first critical book dedicated to the work of poet Jack Spicer The beauty and difficulty of Jack Spicer's poetry continues to resonate with contemporary audiences nearly fifty years after his death. After Spicer brings together work by ten eminent literary scholars to provide a long overdue exploration of Spicer's legacy even as it continues to unfold. As editor John Emil Vincent notes, it is Spicer's "boundary crashing"Ñin his poetry, poetics, and politicsÑthat makes his work so powerful and relevant today. After Spicer extends the conversation between poet and reader that Spicer considered essential to the composition and survival of poems. Incisive essays by Maria Damon, Norman Finkelstein, Kelly Holt, Catherine Imbriglio, Kevin Killian, Michael Snediker, Anita Sokolsky, and Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, provide an overview of Spicer's oeuvreÑhis poetry, letters, plays, and his only novelÑand explore his work in relation to queer theory, audience, religion, the lyric, and seriality. These essays give us crucial insights into Spicer's transition from a regional cult figure to a canonical postmodern poet. "After Spicer is an important collection of essays on a figure of increasing interest to all readers of American poetry. Vincent has gathered a range of (mostly) young and certainly vibrant thinkersÑalmost all of them poets themselves as well as critics. I found myself stimulated at every turn, glad to have read this work, and newly interested in the poetry of Spicer."ÑJay Parini, Axinn Professor of English, Middlebury College "After Spicer is a first-class introduction to one of the premier American poets of the mid-twentieth century. It covers everything from his detective fiction to his gay rights activism. Afterward you will know why so many of today's poets consider him an indispensable precursor."ÑBrian Reed, associate professor of English, University of Washington John Emil Vincent is the author of John Ashbery and You: His Later Books and Queer Lyrics: Difficulty and Closure in American Poetry, and associate editor of The Massachusetts Review. He writes poetry and criticism and lives in central Massachusetts. (Key Words: Jack Spicer, Maria Damon, John Emil Vincent, Norman Finkelstein, Kelly Holt, Catherine Imbriglio, Kevin Killian, Michael Snediker, Anita Sokolsky, Keith Waldrop, Poetics, Rosmarie Waldrop, Literary Criticism). Bookseller Inventory # 73222X1

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Title: After Spicer: Critical Essays.

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press, Middletown

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Book Type: book

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The beauty and difficulty of Jack Spicer’s poetry continues to resonate with contemporary audiences nearly fifty years after his death. After Spicer brings together work by ten eminent literary scholars to provide a long overdue exploration of Spicer’s legacy even as it continues to unfold. As editor John Emil Vincent notes, it is Spicer’s “boundary crashing”—in his poetry, poetics, and politics—that makes his work so powerful and relevant today. After Spicer extends the conversation between poet and reader that Spicer considered essential to the composition and survival of poems. Incisive essays by Maria Damon, Norman Finkelstein, Kelly Holt, Catherine Imbriglio, Kevin Killian, Michael Snediker, Anita Sokolsky, and Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, provide an overview of Spicer’s oeuvre—his poetry, letters, plays, and his only novel—and explore his work in relation to queer theory, audience, religion, the lyric, and seriality. These essays give us crucial insights into Spicer’s transition from a regional cult figure to a canonical postmodern poet.

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JOHN EMIL VINCENT is the author of John Ashbery and You: His Later Books and Queer Lyrics: Difficulty and Closure in American Poetry, and associate editor of The Massachusetts Review. He writes poetry and criticism and lives in central Massachusetts.

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