The first scholarly work devoted exclusively to American prose poetry and has been recognised as a pioneering study in contemporary American poetry.
Poet's Prose is the first scholarly work devoted exclusively to American prose poetry and has been recognised as a pioneering study in contemporary American poetry. Many recent American poets have been writing prose; Fredman has set out to determine why and what it means. Three central works of American poets' prose are discussed in detail: William Carlos Williams' Kora in Hell, Robert Creeley's Presences, and John Ashbery's Three Poems. In these chapters, Fredman both demonstrates how to read these difficult works and examines their philosophical seriousness. In a final chapter and a new epilogue, he discusses the newest trends in contemporary poetry, the 'talk poems' of David Antin and the prose of the Language poets, in which poet's prose forms an important aspect of the 'theoretical poetry' now being written.
Table of Contents
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
List of abbreviations
1. The generative sentence: William Carlos
Williams's Kora in Hell: Improvisations
2. 'A life tracking itself': Robert Creeley's
Presences: A Test for Marisol
3. 'He chose to include': John Ashbery's Three
4. The crisis at present: talk poems and the
new poet's prose