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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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Experimental Poetry and its Others

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Women's Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970-2010

David Kennedy

Christine Kennedy

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the concept of experimental poetry and its related terms, namely, non-mainstream, innovative, late modernist, difficult, and avant-garde. It considers Carrie Etter’s Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (2010), in which she argues that ‘avant garde’ and ‘experimental’ are ‘exhausted categories’ and calls for a reconception of British poetry as a ‘rich array’ and ‘a spectrum holding infinite points of difference’. It then turns to Fiona Sampson’s Beyond the Lyric: A Map of Contemporary Poetry (2012), which implies the complacent ease with which mainstream poetry conceives of itself as a national poetry. It also looks at Neil Corcoran’s discussion of what he terms neo-Modernist poetry, which does not include women. Finally, it analyses the four essays in Allen Fisher’s The Topological Shovel (1999) that provide a vocabulary for writing about experimental poetry without the complications associated with terms such as ‘late Modernist’ or ‘avant-garde’.

Keywords:   experimental poetry, Carrie Etter, British poetry, Fiona Sampson, mainstream poetry, national poetry, Neil Corcoran, neo-Modernist poetry, women, Allen Fisher

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