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David Kennedy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319778

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319778.001.0001

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Younger Women Poets 2:

Younger Women Poets 2:

Marianne Morris, Andrea Brady and Jennifer Cooke

(p.159) Chapter 11 Younger Women Poets 2:
Women's Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970-2010

David Kennedy

Christine Kennedy

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the experimental poetry of Marianne Morris, Andrea Brady and Jennifer Cooke — all of whom belong to a generation of younger women poets. It begins with a discussion of Morris’s Tutu Muse: prophylactic poetry for the last generation (2007) and its movement across ‘virtually every arena of discourse’: love, economics, culturekritik, cosmetic surgery and television. In particular, it offers a reading of ‘Little Rabbit and the Argentine Doctor Get a Room’, one of the poems in Tutu Muse. The chapter then turns to Brady’s Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination (2010) and its preoccupation with questions of identity, complicity, knowledge and narrative, along with its relentless focus on violent power-seeking. Finally, it analyses Cooke’s ‘Steel Girdered Her Musical: in several parts’ and its emphasis on the discomforts involved in the emergent articulation of desire in its true form.

Keywords:   experimental poetry, Marianne Morris, Andrea Brady, Jennifer Cooke, love, identity, complicity, power-seeking, desire, younger women poets

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