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Published: 04 August 2016

384 Pages


ISBN: 9780199972128

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Attention Equals Life

The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture

Andrew Epstein

  • Investigates a reinvigorated poetics of the everyday that has arisen in response to the crisis of attention that has characterized contemporary culture in the period since 1945
  • Shows poetry to be an important, and perhaps unlikely, cultural form that has mounted a response and resistance to a culture gradually losing its capacity to pay attention
  • Details how the everday manifests in the work of four poets: James Schuyler, A. R. Ammons, Ron Silliman, and Rae Armantrout