An Anthology of Conceptual Writing
Northwestern University Press, Paperback, 9780810127111, 593pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Charles Bernstein has described conceptual poetry as "poetry pregnant with thought." "Against Expression, "the premier anthology of conceptual writing, presents work that is by turns thoughtful, funny, provocative, and disturbing. Dworkin and Goldsmith, two of the leading spokespersons and practitioners of conceptual writing, chart the trajectory of the conceptual aesthetic from early precursors including Samuel Beckett and Marcel Duchamp to the most prominent of today's writers. Nearly all of the major avant-garde groups of the past century are represented here, including Dada, OuLiPo, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, and Flarf to name just a few, but all the writers are united in their imaginative appropriation of found and generated texts and their exploration of nonexpressive language. "Against Expression "is a timely collection and an invaluable resource for readers and writers alike.