Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

Notational Experiments in North American Long Poems, 1961-2011

Stave Sightings

Authors: Carruthers, A. J.

  • Offers ground-breaking readings of the significance of musical notation in several contemporary American long poems
  • Introduces provocative new readings of a range of North American authors both modern and contemporary, including Langston Hughes, Joan Retallack, Armand Schwerner, BpNichol, and Anne Waldman
  • Forges connections between the formal/aesthetic use of scores in contemporary poetics and a range of cultural, political and ethical questions
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About this book

This book is a critical experiment that tracks the literary and poetic uses of musical notation and notational methods in North American long poems from the middle of last century to the contemporary moment. Poets have readily referred to their poems as “scores.” Yet, in this study, Carruthers argues that the integration of musical scores in expansive works of this period does more work than previously thought, offering both resolution and escape from the demands placed on long poem form. The five case studies, on Langston Hughes, Armand Schwerner, BpNichol, Joan Retallack and Anne Waldman, offer approaches to reading literary scores in what might be described as a critical stave or a critical “fugue” of instances. In differing ways, musical notation and notational methods impact the form, time and sometimes the ethical and political stances of these respective long poems.

About the authors

A.J. Carruthers is an Australian-born experimental poet and critic. He is author of AXIS Book 1: Areal, the first volume in a lifelong long poem. He teaches literature and creative writing in Shanghai, and holds editorial posts at Southerly, Rabbit Poetry Review and SOd press.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Notational Template: Langston Hughes’ Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz and the “Hesitation Blues”

    Carruthers, A. J.

    Pages 1-39

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  • Long Poem Including Music: Reading the Score in Armand Schwerner’s “Tablet XII”

    Carruthers, A. J.

    Pages 41-70

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  • “No tation”: The Scored Allegorical in BpNichol’s The Martyrology

    Carruthers, A. J.

    Pages 71-111

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  • Joan Retallack’s Errata 5uite and Register Reading

    Carruthers, A. J.

    Pages 113-149

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  • “Music for Posterity”: Afterlives for the Score in Anne Waldman’s The Iovis Trilogy

    Carruthers, A. J.

    Pages 151-185

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eBook 69,99 €
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 84,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-46241-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Notational Experiments in North American Long Poems, 1961-2011
Book Subtitle
Stave Sightings
Authors
Series Title
Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46242-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46242-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-46241-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXV, 206
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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