By Alice Notley
Notley explores the paintings of second-generation long island college poets and their allies: Ted Berrigan, Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Ron Padgett, Lorenzo Thomas, and others. those essays and studies are one of the first to house a new release of poets infamous for his or her refusal to criticize and theorize, assuming the stance that "only the poems matter." The essays are characterised by way of Notley's robust, compelling voice, which transfixes the reader even in the course of expert aspect. Coming After revives the potential for the readable ebook of criticism.
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What? We don’t call it anything, perhaps a daydream, which trivializes it sufAciently to remove it from serious consideration as an expression of a psychic faculty, the ability to have visions. This essay is a consideration of Ron Padgett’s New & Selected Poems. The essay will examine Padgett’s work as a whole, but at its center is a 112-page volume of poems, with a cover by Joe Brainard featuring such images as a childish drawing of a house, cigarette butts, a cancelled stamp, a squarish biscuit-like “something,” most strikingly the Disney dog Pluto with a speech balloon containing a question mark over his head.
There are two interesting and complementary poems in Padgett’s oeuvre, each of which focuses on a single “non-bizarre” picture. The Arst is “Poulain,” from Great Balls of Fire: An orange and blue box of Poulain chocolates Is what I think of often As I sit just outside the late afternoon sunlight– I see it in another light Sitting on a brown oak or something table, Maybe a white kitchen one, And when I reach out for it My hand touches it And I pick it up In this poem the reader doesn’t “see” the box of chocolates really, the poet does, and indeed seems to be saying he’s able also to feel it and even pick it up.
Kyger’s most recent collection of poems, Just Space, Poems 1979–1989, is a logical follow-up to the struggle in the sequence The Wonderful Focus of You, being something like the journal of an arrived spirit, with a stake in a community of people and other natural beings. The word “journal” means “by day,” which is how time passes, and it’s time we’re given to And out in, as “The Wonderful Focus of You” makes clear. Kyger accepts the 21 quotidian, the people and events in her days, as the obvious ground for right living and less obviously for acquiring knowledge.
Coming after : essays on poetry by Alice Notley