The Poetry of Jack Spicer

The Poetry of Jack Spicer

The Poetry of Jack Spicer

The Poetry of Jack Spicer

Synopsis

The first full critical study of this San Francisco Renaissance poet

In the years since his death from alcohol poisoning, Jack Spicer (1925-1965) has gradually come to be recognized as one of most intriguing of the so-called 'New American Poetry' poets. This study places Spicer's work in the context of the San Francisco Renaissance and contemporary movements with which he was in dialogue such as the Beats, the Black Mountain poets, and the 'New York School'. It also explores his relationship to the major modernists from whom his innovative poetics derived. Informed by archival material only recently made available, the book examines Spicer's post-Poundian translation projects, his crucial theories of the 'serial poem' and inspiration as 'dictation', his contrarian take on queer poetics, his insistently uncanny regionalism, and his elaboration of an epistolary poetics of interpellation and address.

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