Postmodern American Poetry

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 5:00 pm
Seventeen West Coast poets, including editor and Professor Paul Hoover, give a group reading for the new second edition of the anthology Postmodern American Poetry (W.W. Norton). "The range here is stunning, from Olsen's panoramic histories to Frank O'Hara's chatty cityscapes to Lyn Hejinian's bottomless autobiography....This will be an essential book for students and serious fans of poetry." -- Publishers Weekly. May 3, 6:30pm. Free.
deYoung Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The Poetry Center
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Postmodern American Poetry

A new edition of the groundbreaking anthology Postmodern American Poetry revisits postmodernism as a 21st-century movement. The first edition galvanized attention on its publication in 1994, making “the avant-garde accessible” (Chicago Tribune) and filling “an enormous gap in the publication annals of contemporary poetry” (Marjorie Perloff). Two decades later, Paul Hoover returns to suggest what postmodernism means in the 21st century. This revised and expanded edition features 114 poets, 557 poems and 15 poetics essays, addressing important recent movements such as Newlipo, conceptual poetry and Flarf. It brings together foundational postmodern poets like Charles Olson, Denise Levertov and Allen Ginsberg with new voices like Christian Bok, Kenneth Goldsmith and Katie Dengentesh.

Paul Hoover

Paul Hoover has written 12 books of poetry. A chapter of his novel, Saigon, Illinois (Vintage Contemporaries, 1988), appeared in The New Yorker. With Professor Maxine Chernoff, he edits the journal New American Writing and has translated Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (Omnidawn, 2008), which won the 2009 PEN-USA Translation Award. With Nguyen Do, he has edited and translated the anthology, Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions, 2008) and Beyond the Court Gate: Selected Poems of Nguyen Trai (Counterpath Press, 2010). In 2002, Hoover won the Jerome J. Shestack Award for the best poems to appear in American Poetry Review that year.