The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer

By | June 20, 2019
The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer Author Jack Spicer
ISBN-10 0819563404
ISBN-13 9780819563408
Year 1998-06-15
Pages 290
Language English
Publisher Wesleyan
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The House That Jack Built collects for the first time the four historic talks given by controversial poet Jack Spicer just before his early death in 1965 These lively and provocative lectures function as a gloss to Spicer s own poetry a general discourse on poetics and a cautionary handbook for young poets This long awaited document of Spicer s unorthodox poetic vision what Robin Blaser has called the practice of outside is an authoritative edition of an underground classic Peter Gizzi s afterword elucidates some of the fundamental issues of Spicer s poetry and lectures including the concept of poetic dictation which Spicer renovates with vocabularies of popular culture radio Martians and baseball his use of the California landscape as a backdrop for his poems and his visual imagination in relation to the aesthetics of west coast funk assemblage This book delivers a firsthand account of the contrary and turbulent poetics that define Spicer s ongoing contribution to an international avant garde

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