By N. Marsh
This ebook supplementations latest narratives of feminist poetry through reading how modern ladies poets have interrogated what it capacity to be public. It attracts on contemporary debates in democratic thought and third-wave feminism to discover the paintings of ladies poets as diverse as Susan Howe, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, Harryette Mullen and Leslie Scalapino. It examines how those poets supply a critique of the normative conventions of U.S democracy, really its assumptions approximately private and non-private, and use their writing, and its cultural constructions, to version choices to them.
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Hence, although Perloff reads Wakoski’s account of Sylvia Plath as “maudlin’ simplifications,” they can be alternatively read as a lampooning of the terms of the female poet’s idolization, a process that clearly calcified the very assumptions interrogated in Plath’s work: “Your beauty is / that simplicity, / that dumbness, [ . . ”52 Indeed, Wakoski’s contribution to broader poetic debate often seems to suggest a desire for a very different kind of literary public. 53 These aims are echoed in the poem “Poet at the Carpenters’ Bench,” which counterposes its straining to hold together its colliding registers of the personal, the elegiac, and the cynical, by defining itself against the obvious forms of publicity it rejects.
This consequently is, for Negt and Kluge, a deeply ambivalent realm. ”11 The central body of the chapter explores the ways in which women poets have been sensitive to the productive possibilities of this ambivalence, particularly around the gendered implications of the division between public and private that it implies. Negt and Kluge’s analysis of the public spheres of production’s tendency to incorporate private realms––the “context of living”––has a different status when brought into play with an agenda that has both understood this act as emancipatory and has complicated the divisions it assumes.
Poetry and its democratic culture has been cast in the most literal of roles by some of its commentators. Bill Moyers’s high-profile and well-funded “Search for American Democracy,” for example, was earnest in its celebration of the importance of the nation’s poets. 2 The suggestion that democracy relies on the politics of an institutionally produced notion of “recognition” seems to provide a rather weak solution to the tension between the cultural homogeneity demanded by the Right and the risk of cultural incommensurability associated with the social movements on the Left.
Democracy in Contemporary U.S. Women's Poetry (American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century) by N. Marsh