Postmodern American Poetry: Book summary and reviews of Postmodern American Poetry by Paul Hoover (editor)

Postmodern American Poetry

A Norton Anthology

By Paul Hoover (editor)

Postmodern American Poetry
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Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology galvanized attention on its publication in 1994, making "the avant-garde accessible" (Chicago Tribune) and filling "an enormous gap in the publication annals of contemporary poetry" (Marjorie Perloff).

Now, two decades later, Paul Hoover returns to suggest what postmodernism means in the twenty-first century. This revised and expanded edition features 114 poets, 557 poems, and 15 poetics essays, addressing important recent movements such as Newlipo, conceptual poetry, and Flarf. Bringing together foundational postmodern poets like Charles Olson, Denise Levertov, and Allen Ginsberg with new voices like Christian Bok, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Katie Dengentesh, this edition of Postmodern American Poetry is the essential collection for a new generation of readers.

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"Starred Review. Concentration and magnification make the best anthologies work, and this may be one of them." - Publishers Weekly

"[W]hile this is a welcome survey of exciting territory, the Norton imprimatur should not imply that it is definitive." - Library Journal

"Destined to be the standard anthology of the last half century of American experimental poetry. Essential for every library." - Booknews

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Paul Hoover is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University and coeditor of the literary magazine New American Writing. He has published nine books of poetry and a novel.

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