Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks from 1950 to the Present

Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks from 1950 to the Present

by Ross Hair


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Avant-Folk is the first comprehensive study of a loose collective of important British and American poets, publishers, and artists (including Lorine Niedecker, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Jonathan Williams) and the intersection of folk and modernist, concrete and lyric poetics within the small press poetry networks that developed around these figures from the 1950s up to the present day. Avant-Folk argues that the merging of the demotic with the avant-garde is but one of the many consequences of a particularly vibrant period of creative exchange when this network of poets, publishers, and artists expanded considerably the possibilities of small press publishing. Avant-Folk explores how, from this still largely unexplored body of work, emerge new critical relations to place, space, and locale. Paying close attention to the transmission of demotic cultural expressions, this study of small press poetry networks also revises current assessments regarding the relationship between the cosmopolitan and the regional and between avant-garde and vernacular, folk aesthetics. Readers of Avant-Folk will gain an understanding of how small press publishing practices have revised these familiar terms and how they reconceive the broader field of twentieth-century British and American poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781383292
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ross Hair is a Professor of Poetry and Literature at the University of East Anglia.

Table of Contents





Chapter 1: The Avant-Folkways of Lorine Niedecker

Chapter 2: Ian Hamilton Finlay: Scottish Futurist

Chapter 3: Jonathan Williams: Beyond Black Mountain

Chapter 4: Small is Quite Beautiful: Tarasque Press

Chapter 5: Opening the Folds: A Pastoral Vanguard

Chapter 6: Coracle's Unpainted Landscapes

Coda: Certain Trees


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