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Poetry and Language Writing: Objective and Surreal

David Arnold


It has been variously labelled ‘Language Poetry,’ ‘Language Writing’, ‘L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E writing’ (after the magazine that ran from 1978 to 1981) and ‘language-centred writing.’ It has been placed according to its geographical positions, on East or West coasts; its venues in small magazines, independent presses and performance spaces, and its descent from historical precursors, be they the objectivists, the composers-by-field of the Black Mountain School, the Russian Constructivists or American modernism à la William Carlos Williams and Gertrude Stein. Indeed, one of the few statements that can ... More

Keywords: language poetry, surrealism, Charles Bernstein, Susan Howe, Michael Palmer, Barrett Watten, objectivists, Russian Constructivists, American modernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781846311154
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313790


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Arnold, author