This major international anthology provides students and the general reader with an invaluable introduction to contemporary modernist poetry. Containing over thirty poets from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA, this selection offers a powerful vision of late-Twentieth-century poetic achievement: international, politically- and socially-engaged, and radical in imaginative vision and practice. It celebrates risk, resistance, protest and diversity within poetry, reaching across national and cultural boundaries. Vanishing Points provides students of Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English and American Studies, as well as the general reader, with an important survey of modernist poetry at the start of the new millennium. A unique introduction to the wide range of modernist experiment in contemporary poetry Ideal study aid for students of poetry and poetics Broad, international selection of acclaimed modernist poets Substantial contributions offer important insights into the range of each poet's work From the Introduction: The vanishing point lies beyond the horizon established by ruling conventions, it is where the imagination takes over from the understanding.
Most anthologies of contemporary verse are filled with poems that do not cross that dividing-line, but our contention is that many poems in this volume are situated on the threshold of conventional sense-making. They go beyond the perspective of accepted canons of taste and judgement and ask questions about where they belong, and who they are meant for, often combining the pathos of estrangement with the irascibility of the refusenik. All anthologies enter the world fully aware of their genealogy, of where they fit in, of how they relate to certain traditions of writing by affiliation or rejection. This combination of dependent and independent gestures is inevitable, particularly in the case of selections of work aligned with national or regional versions of literary history. The present anthology does not fall into that category; its international reach does not, however, bring exemption from the dilemma of wanting to stand apart from conditions of rivalry while also needing to claim a special value in comparison with publications already available.
Rod Mengham lives and works in Cambridge. He has written books on Henry Green, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and on language and cultural history; he has also edited books on violence and the artistic imagination, and on modernist and contemporary fiction. He is the editor of the Equipage series of poetry pamphlets and co-editor and co-translator of the anthology of contemporary Polish poetry, Altered State (Arc, 2003). His own poems have been published in Unsung: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2001) and with photographs by Marc Atkins in Parleys and Skirmishes (Ars Cameralis, 2007). John Kinsella is the author of over twenty books, including The Silo (FACP, 1995), The Undertow: New & Selected Poems (Arc, 1996), The Hunt (Bloodaxe, 1998), Visitants (Bloodaxe, 1999), and Wheatlands (with Dorothy Hewett, FACP, 2000), The Hierarchy of Sheep (Bloodaxe/FACP, 2000/2001), and Auto (Salt, 2000). He is editor of the international literary journal Salt, a consultant editor of Westerly (CSAL, University of Western Australia), Cambridge correspondent for Overland (Melbourne, Australia), and international editor of the American journal The Kenyon Review. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, Adjunct Professor to Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, and Professor of English at Kenyon College. Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems is due out with W.W. Norton in 2003.
Preface Introduction 1 John Ashbery All Messages Have Been Played Because the Night Franchises in Flux Immoral Streams Interesting People of Newfoundland Meaningful Love Wolf Ridge The Template 2 Caroline Bergvall Hungry Form 3 Lee Ann Brown My epithalamion You Are Not Gorgeous and I Am Coming Anyway My Uncruel April, My Totally Equal Unforetold April Unfolded The Impulse to Call & Spring Upon Respond to me shiny jewel eye A Call for Vertical Integration in the Eye of the Storm Encyclopedia Botanica 4 Brian Catling The Pittancer 5 David Chaloner Waste Unnamed Emblem Spring and Other Places Thicket of Time Vista Vert 6 Andrew Crozier Humiliation in its Disguises Blank Misgivings 7 Andrew Duncan Andy-the-German Servant of Two Masters The Ghost of Fusion The Shield of Perseus Martyrdom and Triumph of Sergei Korolev 8 Roy Fisher from The Cut Pages 9 Lionel G. Fogarty By Accident, Blinked Am I Memo to Us (story) Kath Walker Fuck All Departments Biral Biral 10 Ulli Freer fragmento 11 Peter Gizzi Lonely Tylenol Another Day on the Pilgrimage Fables of Critique Last Cigar Tous les Matins du Monde Ding Repair 12 Lyn Hejinian The Beginner 13 Susan Howe from Bed Hangings 14 Lisa Jarnot Brooklyn Anchorage What In Fire Did I, Firelover, Starter of Fires, Love? The Specific Incendiaries of Springtime Still Life Valley of the Shadow of the Dogs Poem Beginning with a Line by Frank Lima 15 John Kinsella Bluff Knoll Sublimity Akbar The Rust Eclogues: Radnoti, Poetry, and the Strains of Appropriation Radnoti Quarantine: Razglednicas 16 Michelle Leggott thoroughfares await them dark torch the songs of good hope omphalos 17 Tony Lopez In Memory Studies in Classic American Literature Dint 18 Barry MacSweeney Wreckage is the only Answer Seared to the echo Totem Banking I Looked Down on a Child Today Cute Petite 19 Anna Mendelssohn The wrong room Strictly personal Britain 1967 On being reproached by saintly mediators for bad budgeting Franked Photrum footsteps climb whereas they descend 20 Rod Mengham Names in the Bark To the Soviet Embalmers Smitten Another Name for the Cassiterides Allegory of Good Government Concession to Perpetuity No. 166 21 Drew Milne from Bench Marks from As It Were 22 Jennifer Moxley Stem of the Tree of Orestes A Transom Over Death's Door Soleil Cou Coupe The Easter Lesson 23 Ian Patterson from Hardihood 24 J. H. Prynne from Red D Gypsum 25 Peter Riley from Excavations 26 Lisa Robertson from The Weather 27 Stephen Rodefer Brief To Butterick Stewed and Fraught with Birds 28 Gig Ryan Pure and Applied Achilleus to Odysseus The Global Rewards Redemption Centre Epilogue La Penserosa 29 John Tranter from Blackout 30 Geoff Ward Trapped Wind What's Wrong Distance Learning Horace Belisha 31 Marjorie Welish Detained By Rest Macbeth in Battle Textile 9 Textile 11 Textile 12 Textile 13 32 John Wilkinson Sideshow Oiled Sweater Grace The Torn Ones The Rest of It The Impatient Man Kills with his Piano-playing Funk Qualms Notes on the Contributors
Amidst the plethora of anthologies which flood the British market there are two which stand out, distinguished, alone, separate: the first Conductors of Chaos (Picador 1996) is now out of print and the second is this recently published delight from Salt Publishing, Vanishing Points. Buy it! Keep it with you. Dip into it time and time again. -- Ian Brinton The Use of English Vanishing Points [...] achieves an informative line, which looks both ways as it crosses and spans an international reach. The poems work best when self-conscious and projected imports coincide in order to build, not merely deconstruct, sense. Andrew Crozier's poetry represents a persuasive recombination of old and new lyric tones, as words embody falling back through endnotes to stand for the uptake of fresh insight: 'Divisions interposed ... rise to the surface.' -- Sarah Wardle The Guardian
A unique introduction to the wide range of modernist experiment in contemporary poetry, Vanishing Points contains more than thirty poets from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Ideal study aid for students of poetry and poetics. Includes selections from John Ashbery, Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, Barry MacSweeney and J.H. Prynne. Substantial contributions offer important insights into the range of each poet's work.
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