Monday, February 18, 2013

The letter carrier – well, the UPS person, I guess – brought a package from Cambridge University Press the other day, & after I scratched my head a moment (what in world did I order?), I opened it, only to find groovy pristine author's copies of the brand spanking new Cambridge Companion to American Poetry Since 1945, edited by Jennifer Ashton. My own essay bears the unwieldy title of "From the Late Modernism of the 'Objectivists' to the Proto-postmodernism of 'Projective Verse.'" (No, not my title, I'm afraid.) The book's chock full of nutty goodness:
1. Periodizing American poetry since 1945 Jennifer Ashton
2. From the late modernism of the objectivists to the proto-postmodernism of 'Projective Verse' Mark Scroggins
3. Confessional poetry Deborah Nelson
4. Surrealism as a living modernism: what the New York poets learned from two generations of New York painting Charles Altieri
5. The San Francisco renaissance Michael Davidson
6. Three generations of Beat poetics Ronna C. Johnson
7. The poetics of chant and inner/outer space: the Black Arts movement Margo Natalie Crawford
8. Feminist poetries Lisa Sewell
9. Ecopoetries in America Nick Selby
10. Language writing Steve McCaffery
11. Post-1945 American poetry and its institutions Hank Lazer
12. The contemporary 'mainstream' lyric Christina Pugh
13. Poems in and out of school: Allen Grossman and Susan Howe Oren Izenberg
14. Rap, hip-hop, spoken word Michael W. Clune
15. Poetry of the twenty-first century: the first decade Jennifer Ashton
So as you can see, it's packed full of great contributors, among whom I feel kind of slight. And it's also more or less affordable – if you don't want a copy for yourself, see if you can't persuade your institutional library to buy one!


Archambeau said...

Copies, you say -- plural: copies. Copies. I wonder who you might be seeing soon who might be interested and would reciprocate with a forthcoming title of his own in good time...

Mark Scroggins said...

that wd be copies, alas, as in TWO copies (one to read & mark, one for the "special" shelf). You wouldn't be the market for long-in-the-tooth books of LZ criticism, would you?