By Dr. Julie Carr, Jeffrey C. Robinson Ph.D., Dan Beachy-Quick, Jacques Darras, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Judith Goldman, Simon Jarvis, Andrew Joron, Nigel Leask, Jennifer Moxley, Bob Perelman, Jerome Rothenberg, Elizabeth Willis, Heriberto Yépez
Literary heritage in general locates the first move towards poetic innovation in twentieth-century modernism, an impulse conducted opposed to a supposedly enervated “late-Romantic” poetry of the 19th century. the unique essays in Active Romanticism problem this interpretation via tracing the elemental continuities among Romanticism’s poetic and political radicalism and the experimental events in poetry from the late-nineteenth-century to the current day.
based on editors July Carr and Jeffrey C. Robinson, “active romanticism” is a poetic reaction, direct or oblique, to urgent social matters and an try to redress kinds of ideological repression; at its middle, “active romanticism” champions democratic pluralism and confronts ideologies that suppress the facts of pluralism. “Poetry fetter’d, fetters the human race,” declared poet William Blake initially of the 19th century. No different assertion from the period of the French Revolution marks with such terseness the problem for poetry to take part within the liberation of human society from different types of inequality and invisibility. No different assertion insists so vividly poetic occasion pushing for social development calls for the unfettering of conventional, wide-spread poetic shape and language.
Bringing jointly paintings by means of famous writers and critics, ranging from scholarly stories to poets’ testimonials, Active Romanticism shows Romantic poetry to not be the sclerotic corpse opposed to which the avant-garde reacted yet quite the well-spring from which it flowed.
delivering a basic rethinking of the historical past of contemporary poetry, Carr and Robinson have grouped jointly during this assortment quite a few essays that be sure the lifestyles of Romanticism as an ongoing mode of poetic creation that's cutting edge and dynamic, a continuation of the nineteenth-century Romantic culture, and a kind that reacts and renews itself at any given second of perceived social crisis. Cover picture: Ruckenfigur by way of Susan Bee, 2013, oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.
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Genius is that flaw that requires the recognition of another, of many others, and refuses to mark difference as exclusive. I mean to say only that genius is the effort not to distinguish, but to intermingle, intercomplicate, the binding-self from the bounded-other. In this sense, This Nest, Swift Passerine weaves into itself those writings by others that make any sense of the self as subject who says “I” possible in the first place. The poem is as a robin’s nest, a spiral that includes all the roving bird finds, be it mud and grass, be it Christmas tree tinsel, be it a receipt from Wal- Mart or a page from Paradise Lost, and brings that back to make out of it a home.
It does no harm from its relish of the dark side of things more than from its taste for the bright one; because they both end in speculation. A Poet is the most unpoetical of any thing in existence; because he has no Identity—he is continually in for—and filling some other Body—The Sun, the Moon, the Sea and Men and Women who are creatures of impulse are poetical and have about them an unchangeable attribute—the poet has none; no identity—he is certainly the most unpoetical of God’s Creatures. .
Everything heavy falls in September, a fire truck lost on polar seas. I see the blueness of our thinking, lit up from behind. Turning to salt, turning to stone, I’m turning into water. When my blood plays cold, just think where my face has been. If I can speak for the entire space station I’d say we’ve suffered less than most. Maybe this moment is a test of coloration, an ashy mountainside made to look like dawn” (55). Questions of union and disunion, of building and collapse, of contour and coloration are aesthetic problems as well as political ones, ineluctably and reciprocally.