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Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry

Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry

Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry



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In Feeling as a Foreign Language, award-winning poet and critic Alice Fulton considers poetry's uncanny ability to access and recreate emotions so wayward they go unnamed. How does poetry create feeling? What are fractal poetics?In a series of provocative, beautifully written essays concerning "the good strangeness of poetry," Fulton contemplates the intricacies of a rare genetic syndrome, the aesthetics of complexity theory, and the need for "cultural incorrectness." She also meditates on electronic, biological, and linguistic screens; falls in love with an outrageous 17th-century poet; argues for a Dickinsonian tradition in American letters; and calls for a courageous poetics of "inconvenient knowledge."ContentsPreambleI. ProcessHead Notes, Heart Notes, Base NotesScreens: An Alchemical ScrapbookII. PoeticsSubversive PleasuresOf Formal, Free, and Fractal Verse: Singing the Body EclecticFractal Amplifications: Writing in Three DimensionsIII. PowersThe Only Kangaroo among the BeautyUnordinary Passions: Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of NewcastleHer Moment of Brocade: The Reconstruction of Emily DickinsonIV. PraxisSeed InkTo Organize a WaterfallV. PenchantsA Canon for InfidelsThree Poets in Pursuit of AmericaThe State of the ArtMain Thingsri0VI. PremisesThe Tongue as a MuscleA Poetry of Inconvenient Knowledge

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Author: Alice Fulton
Languages: English Published, English Original Language, English Unknown
ASIN: 1555972861
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Book
Publication Date: 1999-03-01
Release Date: 1999-03-01
Studio: Graywolf Press
Label: Graywolf Press
Brand: Brand: Graywolf Press
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Manufacturer: Graywolf Press
Edition: 1st
Number Of Items: 1
ISBN: 1555972861
EAN: 9781555972868
Title: Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry

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In Feeling as a Foreign Language, award-winning poet and critic Alice Fulton considers poetry's uncanny ability to access and recreate emotions so wayward they go unnamed. How does poetry create feeling? What are fractal poetics?In a series of provocative, beautifully written essays concerning "the good strangeness of poetry," Fulton contemplates the intricacies of a rare genetic syndrome, the aesthetics of complexity theory, and the need for "cultural incorrectness." She also meditates on electronic, biological, and linguistic screens; falls in love with an outrageous 17th-century poet; argues for a Dickinsonian tradition in American letters; and calls for a courageous poetics of "inconvenient knowledge."ContentsPreambleI. ProcessHead Notes, Heart Notes, Base NotesScreens: An Alchemical ScrapbookII. PoeticsSubversive PleasuresOf Formal, Free, and Fractal Verse: Singing the Body EclecticFractal Amplifications: Writing in Three DimensionsIII. PowersThe Only Kangaroo among the BeautyUnordinary Passions: Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of NewcastleHer Moment of Brocade: The Reconstruction of Emily DickinsonIV. PraxisSeed InkTo Organize a WaterfallV. PenchantsA Canon for InfidelsThree Poets in Pursuit of AmericaThe State of the ArtMain Thingsri0VI. PremisesThe Tongue as a MuscleA Poetry of Inconvenient Knowledge

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"The better part of fairness is the willingness to move toward what is given rather than impose one's own aesthetic on a book. This approach--a sympathetic leaning toward the work coupled with patient rereading--is the one I've tried to realize." In this collection, poet Alice Fulton looks at her craft from a critic's perspective, exploring the "good strange or eccentric" world of postmodern poetry. In order to do this, Fulton has divided her book into five parts; the first, "Process," explores the multitudes of filters that stand between the writer/reader and the work--everything from the computer screen to that judgmental internal editor "invested with the power of entry and exclusion." "Poetics" investigates the forms postmodern poetry takes, supporting the "free and fractal" with an in-depth examination of prosody, linguistics, and even the relationships between quantum physics and poetry. In "Powers" Fulton takes a look at two misunderstood poets: the 18th-century Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, and the 19th-century Emily Dickinson--both considered "eccentric" in their own times. "Praxis" is a meditation on the author's own work, and she follows it up with the final section, "Penchants," which contains three essay-reviews on a number of modern poets. Anyone interested in the state of postmodern poetry will find much food for thought in Alice Fulton's Feeling As a Foreign Language. --Margaret Prior


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