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Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word

Charles Bernstein


This book brings together seventeen chapters, commissioned especially for this volume, on the reading of poetry, the sound of poetry, and the visual performance of poetry. While the performance of poetry is as old as poetry itself, critical attention to modern and postmodern poetry performance has been negligible. This collection opens new avenues for the critical discussion of the sound and performance of poetry, and offers a critical base for understanding language in and as performance.

Keywords: reading poetry, sound of poetry, performance poetry, modern poetry, postmodern poetry, language and performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195109924
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109924.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Bernstein, editor
State University of New York at Buffalo

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