Vanishing Points

Vanishing Points : New Modernist Poems

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This major international anthology provides students and the general reader with an invaluable introduction to contemporary modernist poetry. Containing over thirty poets from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA, this selection offers a powerful vision of late-Twentieth-century poetic achievement: international, politically- and socially-engaged, and radical in imaginative vision and practice. It celebrates risk, resistance, protest and diversity within poetry, reaching across national and cultural boundaries. Vanishing Points provides students of Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English and American Studies, as well as the general reader, with an important survey of modernist poetry at the start of the new millennium. A unique introduction to the wide range of modernist experiment in contemporary poetry Ideal study aid for students of poetry and poetics Broad, international selection of acclaimed modernist poets Substantial contributions offer important insights into the range of each poet's work From the Introduction: The vanishing point lies beyond the horizon established by ruling conventions, it is where the imagination takes over from the understanding.
Most anthologies of contemporary verse are filled with poems that do not cross that dividing-line, but our contention is that many poems in this volume are situated on the threshold of conventional sense-making. They go beyond the perspective of accepted canons of taste and judgement and ask questions about where they belong, and who they are meant for, often combining the pathos of estrangement with the irascibility of the refusenik. All anthologies enter the world fully aware of their genealogy, of where they fit in, of how they relate to certain traditions of writing by affiliation or rejection. This combination of dependent and independent gestures is inevitable, particularly in the case of selections of work aligned with national or regional versions of literary history. The present anthology does not fall into that category; its international reach does not, however, bring exemption from the dilemma of wanting to stand apart from conditions of rivalry while also needing to claim a special value in comparison with publications already available.
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  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 19mm | 421.84g
  • Applecross, WA, Australia
  • English
  • No
  • 1876857137
  • 9781876857134
  • 2,144,930

Table of contents

1 John Ashbery
All Messages Have Been Played
Because the Night
Franchises in Flux
Immoral Streams
Interesting People of Newfoundland
Meaningful Love
Wolf Ridge
The Template
2 Caroline Bergvall
Hungry Form
3 Lee Ann Brown
My epithalamion
You Are Not Gorgeous and I Am Coming Anyway
My Uncruel April, My Totally Equal Unforetold April Unfolded
The Impulse to Call & Spring Upon
Respond to me
shiny jewel eye
A Call for Vertical Integration in the Eye of the Storm
Encyclopedia Botanica
4 Brian Catling
The Pittancer
5 David Chaloner
Spring and Other Places
Thicket of Time
Vista Vert
6 Andrew Crozier
Humiliation in its Disguises
Blank Misgivings
7 Andrew Duncan
Andy-the-German Servant of Two Masters
The Ghost of Fusion
The Shield of Perseus
Martyrdom and Triumph of Sergei Korolev
8 Roy Fisher
from The Cut Pages
9 Lionel G. Fogarty
By Accident, Blinked
Am I
Memo to Us (story)
Kath Walker
Fuck All Departments
Biral Biral
10 Ulli Freer
11 Peter Gizzi
Lonely Tylenol
Another Day on the Pilgrimage
Fables of Critique
Last Cigar
Tous les Matins du Monde
Ding Repair
12 Lyn Hejinian
The Beginner
13 Susan Howe
from Bed Hangings
14 Lisa Jarnot
Brooklyn Anchorage
What In Fire Did I, Firelover, Starter of Fires, Love?
The Specific Incendiaries of Springtime
Still Life
Valley of the Shadow of the Dogs
Poem Beginning with a Line by Frank Lima
15 John Kinsella
Bluff Knoll Sublimity
The Rust Eclogues: Radnoti, Poetry, and the Strains of Appropriation
Radnoti Quarantine: Razglednicas
16 Michelle Leggott
thoroughfares await them
dark torch
the songs of good hope
17 Tony Lopez
In Memory
Studies in Classic American Literature
18 Barry MacSweeney
Wreckage is the only Answer
Seared to the echo
Totem Banking
I Looked Down on a Child Today
Cute Petite
19 Anna Mendelssohn
The wrong room
Strictly personal
Britain 1967
On being reproached by saintly mediators for bad budgeting
footsteps climb whereas they descend
20 Rod Mengham
Names in the Bark
To the Soviet Embalmers
Another Name for the Cassiterides
Allegory of Good Government
Concession to Perpetuity No. 166
21 Drew Milne
from Bench Marks
from As It Were
22 Jennifer Moxley
Stem of the Tree of Orestes
A Transom Over Death's Door
Soleil Cou Coupe
The Easter Lesson
23 Ian Patterson
from Hardihood
24 J. H. Prynne
from Red D Gypsum
25 Peter Riley
from Excavations
26 Lisa Robertson
from The Weather
27 Stephen Rodefer
Brief To Butterick
Stewed and Fraught with Birds
28 Gig Ryan
Pure and Applied
Achilleus to Odysseus
The Global Rewards Redemption Centre
La Penserosa
29 John Tranter
from Blackout
30 Geoff Ward
Trapped Wind
What's Wrong
Distance Learning
Horace Belisha
31 Marjorie Welish
Detained By Rest
Macbeth in Battle
Textile 9
Textile 11
Textile 12
Textile 13
32 John Wilkinson
Oiled Sweater
The Torn Ones
The Rest of It
The Impatient Man Kills with his Piano-playing
Funk Qualms
Notes on the Contributors
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Vanishing Points [...] achieves an informative line, which looks both ways as it crosses and spans an international reach. The poems work best when self-conscious and projected imports coincide in order to build, not merely deconstruct, sense. Andrew Crozier's poetry represents a persuasive recombination of old and new lyric tones, as words embody falling back through endnotes to stand for the uptake of fresh insight: `Divisions interposed ... rise to the surface.' -- Sarah Wardle * The Guardian * Amidst the plethora of anthologies which flood the British market there are two which stand out, distinguished, alone, separate: the first Conductors of Chaos (Picador 1996) is now out of print and the second is this recently published delight from Salt Publishing, Vanishing Points. Buy it! Keep it with you. Dip into it time and time again. -- Ian Brinton * The Use of English *
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About Rod Mengham

Rod Mengham lives and works in Cambridge. He has written books on Henry Green, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and on language and cultural history; he has also edited books on violence and the artistic imagination, and on modernist and contemporary fiction. He is the editor of the Equipage series of poetry pamphlets and co-editor and co-translator of the anthology of contemporary Polish poetry, Altered State (Arc, 2003). His own poems have been published in Unsung: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2001) and with photographs by Marc Atkins in Parleys and Skirmishes (Ars Cameralis, 2007). John Kinsella is the author of over twenty books, including The Silo (FACP, 1995), The Undertow: New & Selected Poems (Arc, 1996), The Hunt (Bloodaxe, 1998), Visitants (Bloodaxe, 1999), and Wheatlands (with Dorothy Hewett, FACP, 2000), The Hierarchy of Sheep (Bloodaxe/FACP, 2000/2001), and Auto (Salt, 2000). He is editor of the international literary journal Salt, a consultant editor of Westerly (CSAL, University of Western Australia), Cambridge correspondent for Overland (Melbourne, Australia), and international editor of the American journal The Kenyon Review. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, Adjunct Professor to Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, and Professor of English at Kenyon College. Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems is due out with W.W. Norton in 2003.
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