Industrial Poetics

Industrial Poetics : Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture

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Through a dizzing array of references to subjects ranging from engineering to poetry, on-the-job experiences in academia and industry, conflicts between working-class and intellectual labor, the privatization of universities, and the contradictions of the modern environment, Joe Amato's "Industrial Poetics" mounts a boisterous call for poetry communities to be less invested in artistic self-absorption and more concerned about social responsibility. As Amato focuses on the challenges faced by American poets in creating a poetry that speaks to a public engineered into complacency by those industrial technologies, practices, and patterns of thought that we cannot seem to do without, he brings readers face to face with the conflicting realities of U.S. intellectual, academic, and poetic culture. Formally adventurous and rhetorically lively, "Industrial Poetics" is best compared with the intellectually exploratory, speculative, risky, polemical work of other contemporary poet-critics, including Kathleen Fraser, Joan Retallack, Bruce Andrews, Susan Howe, and Allen Grossman. Amato uses an exhilarating range of structural and rhetorical strategies: conventionally developed argument, abruptly juxtaposed aphorisms, personal narrative, manifesto-like polemic, and documentary reportage. With a critic's sharply analytical mind, a poet's verve, and a working-class intellectual's sense of social justice, Amato addresses the many nonliterary institutions and environments in which poetry is inextricably embedded. By connecting poetry to industry in a lively demonstration against the platitudes and habitudes of the twentieth century, Amato argues for a re-energized and socially forceful poetics - an industrial poetics, rough edges and all. Jed Rasula writes, "I can't say I pay much attention to talk radio, but this is what I imagine it might be like if the deejay were really smart, enviably well read, yet somehow retained the snarling moxie of the AM format."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 157.5 x 241.3 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1587295016
  • 9781587295010
  • 2,410,403

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The second Track (chapter) of this wild, hilarious, learned, irreverent, energetic, nasty, and touching book is called How a Former Professional Engineer Becomes a Former English Professor. And that s what Industrial Poetics is all about: working-class aspirants for middle-class professional goodies, academic and journalistic hypocrisies, community failures, and the general all-around mayhem we experience at the turn of the twenty-first century. A collage of techniques from anaphoric verse to slangy dialogue, from pop song to scholarly reference, Industrial Poetics will make you laugh and sometimes cry with exasperation. Can life on the assembly line and in the ivory tower really be this absurd? Answer, oh yes, and then some. ---Marjorie Perloff"show more

About Joe Amato

Joe Amato is the author of Symptoms of a Finer Age, Bookend: Anatomies of a Virtual Self, and Under Virga. He teaches writing and literature at Illinois State University and is the managing editor of American Book more

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