By Emily Rosko, Anton Vander Zee

 In the world of poetry and poetics over the last century, no inspiration has been extra alive and contentious than the assumption of shape, and no element of shape has extra emphatically backed this marked formal drawback than the road. yet what, precisely, is the road? Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee’s anthology offers seventy unique solutions that lead us deeper into the realm of poetry, but in addition a long way out into the area at huge: its humans, its politics, its ecology. The authors integrated the following, rising and confirmed alike, write from a number views, by way of either aesthetics and identification. jointly, they give a dynamic hybrid assortment that captures a huge spectrum of poetic perform within the twenty-first century. Rosko and Vander Zee’s creation deals a beneficiant review of conversations concerning the line from the Romantics ahead. We come to determine how the road should be an engine for beliefs of progress—political, moral, or differently. For a few poets, the road touches upon the main basic questions of data and lifestyles. greater than ever, the road is the unconventional opposed to which even trade and rising poetic kinds that foreground the visible or the auditory, the web page or the monitor, might be extraordinary and understood. From the beginning, a novel lesson emerges: strains don't shape that means completely of their brevity or their size, of their turning into or their brokenness; strains reside in and during the descriptions we provide them. certainly, the heritage of yank poetry within the 20th century will be advised via the compounding, and infrequently confounding, discussions of its strains. A damaged factor either displays upon and extends this heritage, charting a wealthy diffusion of conception and perform into the twenty-first century with the main varied, wide-ranging and fascinating set of essays thus far at the line in poetry, revealing how poems paintings and why poetry keeps to subject.

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The intervening decades between this burst of critical activity in the 80s and the present moment have witnessed a few notable developments in thinking about the line in poetry. In Bernstein’s edited collection Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word (1998), Perloff takes the occasion to return once more to the line. Her contribution to that volume, “After Free Verse: The New Nonlinear Poetries,” urges a move beyond a narrow conception of linearity that, for her, marks the watered-down free verse in poetry anthologies such as Naked Poetry (1969).

Furthermore, she fails to mention Lyn Hejinian’s piece, which certainly does anything but call the line into question. In this sense, Perloff seems to animate a debate between dueling camps that the authors she addresses had already begun to think beyond and beneath in crucial ways. And in any case, Olson himself did think of the line fundamentally as a kind of boundary and confining border (albeit in a more productive sense) as when he wrote that “Limits / are what any of us / are inside of ” (21).

Poetry can then be defined as the kind of writing that is articulated in sequenced, gapped lines and whose meanings are created by occurring in bounded units, units operating in relation to pause or silence. . The acts of making lines and making their particular chains of rupture, seriality, and sequencing are fundamental to the nature of poetry as a genre. Fundamental to what can be said of poetry as poetry. (199) Many contributors to A Broken Thing share DuPlessis’s commitment to ideas of form in both theory and practice, in both word and world, implicitly endorsing her sense that lines are where “materiality and mystery join dialectically,” Introduction | 21 embodying a “lively tension between eloquent stasis and driven becoming” (205, 203).

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