The Monkey & the Wrench

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  • Copyright: 1/14/2011
  • Publisher: Atlasbooks Dist Serv

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The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics takes a snapshot of a moving target: the ever-shifting conversation about today's poetry. The ten essays in this collection offer reflections and insights, practical advice for craft matters, and provocative points of departure for those who read and write poetry. This series seeks to further the discussion of poetics in America and beyond, and to showcase the ideas of writers and critics with varied sensibilities. The first volume in the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics, The Monkey & the Wrench, explores the debate over hybrid aesthetics, confronts the topic of contemporary rhyme, and ventures into the realm of persona and the mystical poem. This volume is ideal for both the classroom and the nightstand, for the poet's desk and the critic's bookshelf. Series editors Mary Biddinger and John Gallaher have assembled an eclectic collection that welcomes the reader into the conversation, while documenting the seismic activity of today's poetry world.

Author Biography

Mary Biddinger is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Akron and the editor of the Akron Series in Poetry. John Gallaher is the author of four books of poetry and the co-editor of The Laurel Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Of Monkeys and Wrenchesp. 1
The Discursive Situation of Poetryp. 5
The Moves: Common Maneuvers in Contemporary Poetryp. 27
An Aesthetics of Accumulation: On the Contemporary Litanyp. 43
Cornucopia, or, Contemporary American Rhymep. 59
I Am One of an Infinite Number of Monkeys Named Shakespeare, or; Why I Don't Own this Languagep. 78
Persona and the Mystical Poemp. 92
A Wilderness of Monkeysp. 104
Hybrid Aesthetics and its Discontentsp. 117
Response to Hybrid Aesthetics and its Discontentsp. 148
Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye: Notes on the Ends of Poemsp. 154
Contributorsp. 166
Indexp. 169
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