Contemporary Women’s Poetry and Urban Space: Experimental by Z. Skoulding PDF

By Z. Skoulding

This e-book specializes in the position of town, and its techniques of mutual transformation, in poetry by way of experimental ladies writers. Readings in their paintings are positioned within the context of theories of city house, whereas new visions of the modern urban and its worldwide relationships are drawn from their recommendations in language and shape.

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This booklet makes a speciality of the function of town, and its procedures of mutual transformation, in poetry by way of experimental ladies writers. Readings in their paintings are positioned within the context of theories of city house, whereas new visions of the modern urban and its worldwide relationships are drawn from their options in language and shape.

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The give encountered in streets, you see it in faces, when they. Sag, fold into themselves. Do you call it a reverie in so many. We think of it as tiredness, but it is only thought. And not inward but called out by. The same transparent wall of windows when the train passes at night. Illuminated at uncertain distance. (Watts, 2011, p. 35) The ‘you’ of the poems suggests lyric intimacy, but the repeated syntactical disturbance insists on a materiality of language that the directness of address cannot transcend.

Normally they keep going. You really have to try to kill them, but this one was definitely dead I knew because of the blood. The blood was very red, red as my own. This is how the sky looks. This is the path for the aeroplane. This is the new language. This method is not personal it’s just different to yours, ok. Don’t worry. Just look at what I’m omitting. (Morris, 2007, p. 10) The direct address, conversational tone and everyday detail are reminiscent of O’Hara, while the statement that the poem is ‘not personal’ draws attention to the collective subjectivities that comprise the city; as in Riley’s use of ‘impersonal’ the focus is on the social production of space that is multiply inhabited.

Juliana Spahr has written about the same area as Osman, without naming it at all, in her poetry-novel-autobiography hybrid The Transformation. It is difficult to convey the cumulative resonance of her repeated circumlocutions in a short quotation, but the World Trade Center attack is described as follows: Then they woke up one morning and the sky was clear and the air warm and an airplane had been driven into the side of one of the tallest buildings in the world, a building that was located on the denser island in the Atlantic.

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