Publication Date: 15-Apr-11 | ISBN: 9781876857738 | Trim Size: 228 x 152 mm | Extent: 256pp
Maggie O’Sullivan has been a significant force in the alternative British poetry scene since the 1970s. Her international reputation has continued to grow and she is widely regarded as one of the foremost feminist avant-garde writers working in Britain today.
This new volume of essays and interviews locates O’Sullivan in the wider context of contemporary British poetry and draws to light the wide-ranging influences which inform her work and her own influence upon a new generation of feminist avant-garde writing.
Tackling textual, visual and sound elements in her work her poetry is complex, challenging and rewarding. O’Sullivan is also a compelling performer of her work. Thematically she is capable of tackling animal vegetable and mineral ideas in her writing, drawing on mythological and even shamanistic components that are provocative and sensual.
This volume contains contributions from Charles Bernstein, Mandy Bloomfield, Ken Edwards, Romana Huk, Peter Manson, Nicky Marsh, Peter Middleton, Maggie O'Sullivan, Redell Olsen, Marjorie Perloff, Will Rowe, Robert Sheppard, Scott Thurston and Nerys Williams.
Table Of Contents
Ken Edwards: Introduction; Charles Bernstein: Colliderings: O’Sullivan’s Medleyed Verse; Mandy Bloomfield: Maggie O’Sullivan’s Material Poeticsof Salvaging in red shifts and murmur ; Romana Huk: Maggie O’Sullivan and the story of; metaphysics ; Peter Manson: A Natural History in 3 Incomplete Parts ; Nicky Marsh: Agonal States: Maggie O’Sullivan and ; a feminist politics of visual poetics; Peter Middleton: ‘Ear Loads’: Neologisms and Sound ; Poetry in Maggie O’Sullivan’s Palace of Reptiles; Marjorie Perloff: “The Saturated Language of Red”: ; Maggie O’Sullivan and the Artist’s Book; Will Rowe: Preface to In the House of the Shaman ; Robert Sheppard: Talk: The Poetics of Maggie O’Sullivan ; Scott Thurston: States of Transformation: Maggie O’Sullivan’s ‘Busk, Pierce’ and Excla; Redell Olsen: Writing / Conversation with Maggie O’Sullivan; Nerys Williams: “My tend sees errant, Vulnerable Chanceways”: Maggie O’Sullivan’s House of Reptiles and recent American Poetics; Maggie O’Sullivan and Scott Thurston
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Chris Emery lives in Cromer with his wife and children. He is a director of Salt, an independent literary press. He has published two previous collections of poetry, a writer’s guide and edited editions of Emily Brontë, Keats and Rossetti. His work has been widely published in magazines and anthologised, most recently in Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets. He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing, edited by David Morley and Philip Neilsen.