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By Robert Sheppard (auth.)

This research engages the lifetime of shape in modern cutting edge poetries via either an advent to the most recent theories and shut readings of major North American and British leading edge poets. The serious strategy derives from Robert Sheppard’s axiomatic rivalry that poetry is the research of complicated modern realities during the potential (meanings) of shape. studying the poetry of Rosmarie Waldrop, Caroline Bergval, Sean Bonney, Barry MacSweeney, Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Kenneth Goldsmith, Allen Fisher, and Geraldine Monk, Sheppard argues that their types are an issue of authorial layout and readerly engagement.

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Pdf. Accessed 7 Mar 2011. , and Simon Malpas, eds. 2003. The New Aestheticism. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Leighton, Angela. 2007. On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Legacy of a Word. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Lotman, Yury. 1976. Analysis of the Poetic Text. Ann Arbor, MI: Ardis. Malafouris, Lambros. 2013. How Things Shape the Mind: A Theory of Material Engagement. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Marcuse, Herbert. 1978. The Aesthetic Dimension. London and Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Unsurprisingly, she attempts to read her poem in complicity with her theory rather than allowing the poem to rest—possibly at some remove from the certainties of theory—within an ongoing poetics that will remain conjectural and provisional. Perhaps it is the assumed authority of theory that disturbs, although she ironizes her decision impishly: ‘Having had the effrontery to use my own poems as examples I now hide behind my role’ not only by writing of herself in the third person as ‘the poet’ but also by distancing herself linguistically as ‘he’ (Forrest-Thomson 1978: 125).

2010. Experiment in Practice and Speculation in Poetics. In Teaching Modernist Poetry, eds. Middleton, Peter and Nicky Marsh, 158–169. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ———. 2011a. When Bad Times Made for Good Poetry. Exeter: Shearsman Books. ———. 2011b. Poetry and Ethics: The Saying and the Said in Tom Raworth’s Eternal Sections. In When Bad Times Made for Good Poetry, ed. Robert Sheppard, 141–155. Exeter: Shearsman. ———. 2011c. Linguistically Wounded: The Poetical Scholarship of Veronica Forrest-Thomson.

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