Discussing the work of more than 60 poets from the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean, from Sujata Bhatt to M. Philip NourbeSe and from John Ashbery to Eliot Weinberger, Nerys Williams guides students through the key ideas and movements in the study of poetry today. With reference to original manifestos and web-based experiments, as well as the role of information culture in shaping and distributing poetry globally this book engages with the full vitality of the contemporary poetry scene. Key Features * Wide topic range - from performance to politics, from lyric expression to ecopoetics and from multilingual poetries to electronic writing - enables provocative thematic links to be made * Discussion of global Englishes, dialects and idiolects aimed at those studying poetry on postcolonial literature and contemporary poetics courses * Contemporary relevance: relates poetry to reporting on global conflict, including the impact of the Iraq War * Student resources include a chronology, web resources, a glossary, questions for discussion and a guide to further reading
Originally from West Wales, Nerys Williams lectures in American Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary American poetry and poetics. She has written articles, reviews and essays on a range of poetries and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar's Award at UC Berkeley. Seren Press will publish her first volume of poetry. Nerys Williams is College Lecturer in American Literature in the School of English at University College Dublin. She is the author of Reading Error: The Lyric and Contemporary Poetry (Peter Lang, 2007).
Introduction; 1. Lyric Subjects; 2. Politics and Poetics; 3. Performance and the Poem; 4. Environment and Space; 5. Dialects, Idiolects and Multilingual Poetries; Conclusion; Student Resources; Index.