Ethnopoetics and the performativity of place: Jerome Rothenberg and "That Dada Strain"
WRIGHTON, JOHN (2013) Ethnopoetics and the performativity of place: Jerome Rothenberg and "That Dada Strain" In: Davidson, Ian and Skoulding, Zoe, eds. Placing Poetry. Spatial Practices . Editions Rodopi B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789042036147
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This chapter proposes that Jerome Rothenberg’s work as editor of several influential anthologies – from Technicians of the Sacred (1967) and Shaking the Pumpkin (1972) to Poems for the Millennium (1995) – develops a protean definition of poesis as a direct challenge to cultural imperialism. In contradistinction to the categorizing of schools and movements (Black Mountain, Beat, New York, Language etc.), I examine how Rothenberg adopted a dialectical or processual anthropology in creating anthologies that share a generative quality, inviting the reader to actively participate in an interrogation of the what, how, who, when and if/was/is of ethnopoetics. Performing a series of ethnopoetic readings, I describe the insistently processual dynamic of welcoming the other which looks to secure an ethical responsibility in the performance of place.
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