'Roots and Routes' gathers essays, talks, interviews, statements, notes, and other prose writings by poets who studied and/or taught at the New College of California’s Masters in Poetics program over the course of its nearly 30-year existence. The collection evokes a much-needed anti-hierarchical, even anarchic, pedagogy in poetry, poetics, and the literary arts, and is part of a general reevaluation of standard higher education models on Creative Writing. As such it will appeal to a wide range of students and scholars interested in America’s recent literary history, as well as to poets outside the academy and the general reader interested in US poetry and poetics.
About the Author
Marina Lazzara received an MA in Poetics from New College of California and has published in various literary magazines and with Two Way Mirror Books. She is a vocalist and guitarist for the San Francisco band, The Rabbles. Teaching Creative Writing and Health Education to seniors by day, she can otherwise be found hosting salons at her home where for over three decades she has supported the literary and music underground of the Bay Area.
Nicholas James Whittington is a poet, scholar, educator, editor, printer, and publisher living in Oakland, CA since 2012. Born and raised in San Francisco, he continues to edit and publish the roughly annual AMERARCANA along with the occasional small book under the auspices of his family bookshop, Bird & Beckett Books, in the city, while completing his dissertation at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on the original incarnation of the Masters in Poetics Program at New College of California. At Impart Ink, an errant studio, he designs, typesets, and prints books both digitally and via letterpress - www.impartink.com. Recent chapbooks include Provisions (2017, PUSH Press) and Indefinite Sessions (2016, Gas Meter Books). His first full-length collection is Resolution of the West (2020, Bootstrap Press).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Source. Structure. Line. Rime.
Basic Elements, part 1
I. First Period: circa 1980-1987
2. A Word / An Introduction
3. Symposium On Persons In Poetics
Susan Thackrey, et al.
4. Myrrh: A Study of Persona in H.D.'s Trilogy
5. La Bela Semblansa: Bernart de Ventadorn and the Troubadour Moment
6. On Shakespeare’s Sonnets
7. A momentary (not necessarily brief) inner-lute: lecture notes
8. An Other Language/Another Language: Beyond and Into Saussure, Freud and Lacan
9. Boundary – Horizon – Landscape – Field (or The End of the World)
10. Speculations Through The Mirror: Silence
11. Approaching 80 Flowers
David Levi Strauss
12. “Regionalism”: All Chiefs & No Indians?
13. Congratulatory Poetics
Joanne Kyger interviewed by John Thorpe
14. “Everything in Between can Obviously Happen”
Anselm Hollo talking with Tinker Greene and Noreen Norton
15. The Grammar of Dictation: an informal survey of Jack Spicer’s Collected Books
Dawn-Michelle Baude (Dawn Kolokithas)
16. Out of Me: Whitman and The Projective
17. Signing for Soul and Body: Walt Whitman & the Physical
18. Life’s Triumph: A Lecture on Shelley
19. Feathers to Iron: A Concourse on World Poetics
Basic Elements, part 2
II. Second Period: circa 1988-1999
1. Cosmology: Intelligence and Infinity in Language
2. An Alchemical Analysis of Nine Sketches from Blake’s Vala, The Four Zoas
3. Eternity in William Blake
4. The Paradoxical Flower
5. The Poetics of Voudoun
6. Patti Smith: Woolgatherer
Eugenia Hepworth Petty
7. A Poetics of Resistance
8. One Word (UP): LISTEN!
9. Langston Hughes as Songwriter: “Poetry and Popular Song”
10. Still Life With Trees: A Statement on Poetics
11. Kenneth Patchen
Charles S. Maden
12. The Being of the Poem of Being: Heidegger, Cummings, and Language
13. The Negative Eschatology of Maurice Blanchot