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Disappearing Ink

Poetry at the End of Print Culture

Dana Gioia


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The Celebrated poet and author of Can Poetry Matter?offers another bold, insightful collection of essays on literature's changing place in contemporary culture

Poetry is an art that preceded writing, and it will survive television and video games . . . The problem won't be finding an audience. The challenge will be writing well enough to deserve one.

In Disappearing Ink, Dana Gioia stakes the claim for poetry's place amid American popular culture, where poetry in its latest oral forms -rap, slam, performance-is transforming the traditional literary culture of the printed page. But, as the seminal title essay asks, "What is a conscientious critic supposed to do with an Eminem or Jay-Z?" In a brilliant array of essays that test the pulse of traditional and contemporary poetry, Gioia ponders the future of the written word and how it might find its most relevant incarnation.

With the clarity, wit, and feisty intelligence that made Can Poetry Matter? one of the most important and controversial books about literature and contemporary American society, Gioia again demonstrates his unique abilities of observation and uncanny prognostication to examine our complicated everyday relationship to art.

Praise For Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture

Can Poetry Matter? is an important book, and anyone who professes to care about the state of American poetry will have to take it into account.” —World Literature Today

Graywolf Press, 9781555974107, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2004

About the Author

Dana Gioia is the author of three collections of poetry: Daily Horoscope, The Gods of Winter, and Interrogations at Noon, which won the American Book Award. He is the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.