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This text captures the essence of the dramatic changes made in poetry at the end of the 20th century and it reveals the revolutionary concepts at the very heart of 20th-century poetry. International in their coverage, these volumes depart from the established poetic modes that grew out of the 19th-century and instead bring together the movements that radically altered the ways that art and language express the human condition. The first volume offers three "galleries" of individual poets - figures such as Mallarme, Stein, Rilke, Tzara, Mayakovsky, Pound, H.D., Vallejo, Artaud, Cesaire and Tsvetayeva. Also included are sections dedicated to some of the most significant pre-World War II movements in poetry and the other arts: Futurism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, Objectivism and Negritude. The second volume extends the gathering to the present, forming a synthesizing, global anthology that aims to surpass other collections in its international scope and experimental range.
Jerome Rothenberg is a poet and one of the world's leading anthologists. His more than fifty books include Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania (California, 1985). He is Professor of Visual Arts and Literature at the University of California, San Diego. Pierre Joris is a poet and has published over twenty books and chapbooks of poetry as well as many anthologies and translations. He is Professor of English at the State University of New York, Albany.
Release date Australia
November 8th, 1995
Edited by Jerome Rothenberg
Edited by Pierre Joris
Country of Publication
20 b-w illustrations
University of California Press
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