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Monday, 11 June 2007

American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics

American Poets in the 21st Century:
The New Poetics
edited by Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell


What are readers to make of the lament that the field of poetry is in crisis? Or the statement that poetry as a genre no longer "matters"? Readers are left to sort through the avant-garde and mainstream, the traditional and experimental, trying to figure out what poetry, if any, defines our current epoch. With the release of AMERICAN POETS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: THE NEW POETICS, editors Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell counter such negative views and confusion by documenting the advent of a poetry that is vital and varied in both its style and subject.

AMERICAN POETS IN THE 21ST CENTURY collects thirteen significant voices from a new generation of poets. In addition to the poems, Rankine and Sewell have included brief statements from each poet, along with thirteen critical essays that provide an historical context and analysis of the ways the specific work alters and extends the understanding of what the new American poetries can look, feel, and sound like.

Accompanying the book is a CD that contains readings from each of the poets. Additional recordings from the poets will be at www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/americanpoets by July 1st.

Contributing poets include Joshua Clover, Stacy Doris, Peter Gizzi, Kenneth Goldsmith, Myung Mi Kim, Mark Levine, Tracie Morris, Mark Nowak, D.A. Powell, Juliana Spahr, Karen Volkman, Susan Wheeler, and Kevin Young.

Claudia Rankine is a professor of English at Pomona College. She is the author of four poetry books, including Don't Let Me Be Lonely (2004), and co-editor of American Women Poets in the 21st Century (2002). Lisa Sewell is a professor of English at Villanova University and the author of two poetry books, the most recent of which is Name Withheld (2006).

Contact: Stephanie Elliott
Wesleyan University Press
215 Long Lane
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-7723
Please visit our new Web site: www.wesleyan.edu/wespress

American Poets in the 21st Century:
The New Poetics
edited by Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell

416 pp., CD, 6 x 9", Accompanying web site
$75.00 unjacketed cloth
EAN: 978-0-8195-6727-7
ISBN: 0-8195-6727-2
$27.95 paper
EAN: 978-0-8195-6728-4
ISBN: 0-8195-6728-0

Publication Date:
July 9, 2007


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