The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer

by Peter Gizzi

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/08/1998

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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.
ISBN:
9780819563408
Category:
Literary essays
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-08-1998
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
290
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x20mm
Weight:
0.48kg
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