Pop Poetics

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Dalkey Archive Press, Aug 7, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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Pop artists often get praised or criticized for their use of commercial imagery, and yet their contributions—particularly to literature—are generally ignored in preference to a focus on precisely this sort of “lowbrow” iconography.

Adopting artist-poet Joe Brainard as its principal focus, this project presents “Pop poetics” not as a minor, coterie movement meriting a sympathetic footnote in accounts of the postwar era’s literary history, but as a missing link that confounds and potentially unites any number of supposedly rigid critical distinctions (authenticity versus formalism, the “personal” versus the mechanical). Pop poetics matter, argues Andrew Fitch, not just to the occasional aficionado of Brainard’s I Remember, but to anybody concerned with reconstructing the dynamic aesthetic exchange between postwar art and poetry.

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About the author (2012)

Andy Fitch's most recent books are SIXTY MORNING WALKS and SIXTY MORNING TALKS, both published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2014, Pop Poetics: Reframing Joe Brainard, and his collaboration with Amaranth Borsuk, AS WE KNOW (Subito Press, 2014). His second collaboration with Jon Cotner, following TEN WALKS/TWO TALKS (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), CONVERSATIONS OVER STOLEN FOOD, will be published by 1913 Press in 2015. For Letter Machine Editions, he and Cristiana Baik are currently assembling THE LETTER MACHINE BOOK OF INTERVIEWS. Fitch edits The Conversant and Essay Press. He teaches in the University of Wyoming's MFA program.

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