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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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Charles Bernstein

PART I Sound’s Measures

1 Letter on Sound

Susan Stewart

3 Praxis

Bruce Andrews

4 After Free Verse

Marjorie Perloff

5 Ether Either

Susan Howe

PART II Performing Words

7 Voice in Extremis

Steve McCaffery

9 Speech Effects

Bob Perelman

10 Sound Reading

Peter Quartermain

PART III Close Hearings/ Historical Settings

13 Neon Griot

Lorenzo Thomas

15 Local Vocals

Susan M. Schultz

Who Speaks

Ron Silliman

End Matter