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The Meaning of Form in Contemporary Innovative Poetry
Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
This study engages the life of form in contemporary innovative poetries through both an introduction to the latest theories and close readings of leading North American and British innovative poets. The critical approach derives from Robert Sheppard's axiomatic contention that poetry is the investigation of complex contemporary realities through the means (meanings) of form. Analyzing 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 forms are a matter of authorial design and readerly engagement.
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"The Meaning of Form is a noble and necessary part of the enterprise of taking us closer to the complex dynamics of the characteristics and operations of poetic form. ... this book offers powerful smelling salts to jolt us back to a present of attentive concentration on form." (Gareth Farmer, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, Vol. 10 (1), June, 2018)