The Architecture of Address: The Monument and Public Speech in American Poetry

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Taylor & Francis, May 1, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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The Architecture of Address traces the evolution of an American species of lyric capable of public pronouncement without polemic. Beginning with Whitman, Jake Adam York seeks to describe a kind of poem wherein the most ambitious poets - including Hart Crane and Robert Lowell - occupy and reconstruct important public spaces. This study argues that American poets become civic actors when their poems imagine and reconstruct the conceptual architecture of the moment.

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Jake Adam York is an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado-Denver. His first book of poems, "Murder Ballads," was published in 2005. His poems have appeared in such journals as "Blackbird," "Diagram," "Greensboro Review," "Gulf"" Coast," "H_NGM_N," "New Orleans Review," "Shenandoah," and "Southern Review," York was raised in northeast Alabama.

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