Marginal Vantage Points

Hidden Agendas, Unreported Poetics … offers a range of answers to the question of whether the avant-garde is still viable. The starting point for Hidden Agendas is a doubled one of poetics as reception; and marginality as a unique vantage point and not a self-fulfilling prophecy of ‘nobody likes us and we don’t care.’ This means that for several of the contributors — Kyle Schlesinger on Asa Benveniste and Trigram Press, Robert Sheppard on Bob Cobbing and the 1980s London reading and performance ‘scene,’ John Wilkinson on Mark Hyatt, and D.J. Huppatz on flarf — it’s important to rescue activities and socialities from the marginalization they usually experience in critical and historical accounts; and to recognise activities and socialities as important cultural ‘sites’ in their own right. Michael Farrell, Stephan Delbos and Vincent Katz seek to counter different processes of marginalization that have worked against Robbie Walker, William Bronk and Edwin Denby…” –David Kennedy, “Radical Spaces,” Stride Magazine (2011).

Now available online, Hidden Agendas: Unreported Poetics, ed. Louis Armand (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia Books) brings together writings on Edwin Denby, Mark Hyatt, Bern Porter, Asa Benveniste, Lukáš Tomin, William Bronk, Gilbert Sorrentino, Robbie Walker, Bob Cobbing, Paddy Roe, Philip Whalen, Loop Poetics, Cyberpoetics, Flarf and other fringe poets and poetics from the 1960s to the present. Contributors: Ali Alizadeh, Louis Armand, Livio Beloi, Jeremy Davies, Stephan Delbos, Michel Delville, Johanna Drucker, Michael Farrel, Allen Fisher, Vincent Katz, Stephen Muecke, Jena Osman, Michael Rothenberg, Lou Rowan, Kyle Schlesinger, Robert Shepperd, Stephanie Strickland, John Wilkinson.


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