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A Nomad Poetics


Pierre Joris


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Powerful essays on the state and aims of contemporary poetry.

"The days of anything static--form, content, state--are over," declares poet and translator Pierre Joris in A Nomad Poetics, his first collection of critical essays. Joris maps the success and limitations of contemporary avant-garde poetics, from Tristan Tzara to the most contemporary American experimental poetry, an investigation that leads him to envision a "nomadic poetics" as a strategy for new poetic work, for translation and, fundamentally, for an ethics of early 21st century life. Extending concepts and concerns voiced by Gilles Deleuze and F lix Guattari, A Nomad Poetics is a daring first step in deploying the method of the rhizome, one grounded in Paul Celan's insight that "Reality is not. It has to be searched for and won." With articulate immediacy, Joris's essays announce a metamorphosis of language-based art, much needed if poetry is to be of essential use in shaping the world to come.

Wesleyan University Press, 9780819566461, 176pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2003

About the Author

PIERRE JORIS is the author of 22 books of poetry, most recently Poasis (Wesleyan, 2001) and co-editor of Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry. He has published English translations of Celan, Tzara, Rilke and Blanchot, among others. He is Professor of English at SUNY, Albany.