New PDF release: Writing Not Writing: Poetry, Crisis, and Responsibility

By Tom Fisher

ISBN-10: 1609384806

ISBN-13: 9781609384807

The poet George Oppen reviews, “There are occasions which can't honorably [be] met by means of paintings, and definitely not anyone want mess around accurately in the mean time that the home round the corner is burning.” to jot down poetry lower than such situations, he maintains, “would be a treason to one’s neighbor.” Committing himself, then, to extra direct and standard types of reaction and accountability, Oppen leaves poetry in the back of for twenty-five years. The failures of the Nineteen Thirties, for Oppen, positioned poetry right into a primary query which could now not be resolved or triumph over. but if difficulty is continuous, then poetry is often turning clear of the neighbor in desire, continually an irresponsible reaction in a global over and over falling apart.

Writing now not Writing either confirms this query into which obstacle places poetry and explores substitute modes of “response” and “responsibility” that poetry makes attainable. examining the silences of Oppen, Carl Rakosi, and Bob Kaufman, the renunciation of Laura using, and different extra modern situations of poetic abnegation, Tom Fisher explores silence, refusal, and disavowal as political and moral modes of reaction in a time of constant predicament. via a draw back from writing, those poets provide options of refusal and departure that go away anagrammatical hollows at the back of, activating the negational capacities of writing and aesthetics to disrupt the empire of feel, speech, and agency.

Fisher’s paintings is either an interesting and special research of 4 person poets who left poetry at the back of and a theoretically provocative exploration of the political and moral probabilities of silence, not-doing, and disavowal. In lucid yet nuanced phrases, Fisher makes the case that, from a minimum of modernism ahead, poetry is marked through refusals of speech and feel for you to open probabilities of reaction outdoor traditional varieties of responsibility. 

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