By Mandy Bloomfield
Critic Mandy Bloomfield strains the emergence of an important historicist orientation in contemporary poetry, exemplified through the paintings of 5 writers: American poet Susan Howe, Korean-American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, British poet Maggie O’Sullivan, and diasporic African Caribbean writers Kamau Brathwaite and M. NourbeSe Philip. Bloomfield units the paintings of those 5 authors inside of a energetic culture, together with prior paintings via Ezra Pound and Walter Benjamin, after which exhibits how those 5 poets create poems that engender new encounters with pivotal episodes in historical past, resembling the English regicide or Korea’s traumatized 20th century.
Exploring our shared yet imperfectly understood heritage in addition to omissions and blind spots in historiography, Bloomfield outlines the stress among the irretrievability of effaced ancient facts and the desire that poetry may possibly reconstitute such unrecoverable histories. She posits that this pressure is fertile, engendering a kind of aesthetically enacted epistemological enquiry.
Fascinating and seminal, Archaeopoetics can pay detailed realization to the sensuous materiality of texts and such a lot specially to the visible manifestations of poetry. The poems in Archaeopoetics hire the visible imagery of the note itself or contain imagery into the poetry to suggest persuasive possible choices to narrative or discursive frameworks of ancient knowledge.
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