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New PDF release: Archaeopoetics: Word, Image, History (Modern & Contemporary

By Mandy Bloomfield

Archaeopoetics explores “archaeological poetry,” ground-breaking and experimental writing by way of cutting edge poets whose paintings opens up vast new avenues during which modern readers may perhaps process the earlier, illuminating the dense net of interconnections frequently misplaced in conventional historiography.


Critic Mandy Bloomfield strains the emergence of an important historicist orientation in contemporary poetry, exemplified by way of the paintings of 5 writers: American poet Susan Howe, Korean-American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, British poet Maggie O’Sullivan, and diasporic African Caribbean writers Kamau Brathwaite and M. NourbeSe Philip. Bloomfield units the paintings of those 5 authors inside a lively culture, together with previous paintings by means of Ezra Pound and Walter Benjamin, after which indicates how those 5 poets create poems that engender new encounters with pivotal episodes in heritage, similar to the English regicide or Korea’s traumatized 20th century.


Exploring our shared yet imperfectly understood background in addition to omissions and blind spots in historiography, Bloomfield outlines the stress among the irretrievability of effaced historic facts and the desire that poetry may perhaps reconstitute such unrecoverable histories. She posits that this rigidity is fertile, engendering a kind of aesthetically enacted epistemological enquiry.


Fascinating and seminal, Archaeopoetics can pay particular consciousness to the sensuous materiality of texts and so much specifically to the visible manifestations of poetry. The poems in Archaeopoetics hire the visible imagery of the be aware itself or contain imagery into the poetry to suggest persuasive choices to narrative or discursive frameworks of ancient knowledge.

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