We Saw the Light

We Saw the Light : Conversations Between the New American Cinema and Poetry

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By the mid-1960s, New American poets and Underground filmmakers had established a vibrant community. Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, and Frank O'Hara joined Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, and Andy Warhol to hang out, make films, read poems, fight censorship, end racism, and shut down the Vietnam War. Their personal, political, and artistic collaborations led them to rethink the moving picture and the lyric, resulting in an extraordinary profusion of poetry/film hybrids. Drawing on unpublished correspondences and personal interviews with key figures in the innovative poetry and film communities, Daniel Kane's stunningly erudite and accessible work not only provides a fresh look at avant-garde poetry and film but also encourages readers to rethink the artistic scenes of the 1960s and today. "We Saw the Light" will reframe the very way we talk about how film influences poetry and force us to think anew about the radical ways in which art is created and in turn influences subsequent work.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 156 x 228 x 26mm | 539.77g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 22 photos
  • 1587297884
  • 9781587297885
  • 1,402,780

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Daniel Kane's "We Saw the Light" is an original, smart, funny, and profound book. It is in one sense an archaeological dig, uncovering a root work of relations between filmmakers and poets in the post World War II era; it is also a series of dazzling illuminations exposing fresh historical collaborations. Radical aesthetics combine with social politics, where masculinity, sanity, sexuality, and poetics are not monolithic signifiers but become part of Kane s mobile conversations between poetry and cinema, prompting new ways of seeing and knowing the world and self. Anyone interested in tracking the Beat or New York School of poets in their passion for cinema will want to read this book; anyone wanting to understand filmmakers who sought out their poetic doubles, and the ensuing interstitial fireworks, must read this book: it is like seeing the light for the first time. Susan McCabe, author, "Cinematic Modernism: Modern Poetry and Film""show more

About Daniel Kane

Daniel Kane is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Ostentation of Peacocks, All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s, and What Is Poetry: Conversations with the American Avant-Garde and the editor of Don't Ever Get Famous: Essays on New York School Writing after the "New York School."show more

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