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Essays on Poetic Theory
    • By Annie Finch 2005

      Even at this late-postmodernist moment, when self-defined innovative poetry needs to build on a long tradition of previous self-defined innovative poetry, such poetry still defines itself in opposition to tradition....

    • By Ezra Pound 1918

      A RETROSPECT There has been so much scribbling about a new fashion in poetry, that I may perhaps be pardoned this brief recapitulation and retrospect. In the spring or early summer of...

    • Black and white photograph of Adrienne Rich sitting at a desk, surrounded by piles of books.
      By Adrienne Rich 1993

      The society whose modernization has reached the stage of integrated spectacle is characterized by the combined effect of five principal factors: incessant technological renewal, integration of state and economy, generalized...

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