Queer Lyrics: Difficulty and Closure in American Poetry

Queer Lyrics: Difficulty and Closure in American Poetry

by J. Vincent

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Queer Lyrics fills a gap in queer studies: the lyric, as poetic genre, has never been directly addressed by queer theory. Vincent uses formal concerns, difficulty and closure, to discuss innovations specific to queer American poets. He traces a genealogy based on these queer techniques from Whitman, through Crane and Moore, to Ashbery and Spicer. Queer Lyrics considers the place of form in queer theory, while opening new vistas on the poetry of these seminal figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349635443
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 05/02/2003
Edition description: 1st ed. 2002
Pages: 215
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

JOHN VINCENT is Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Wesleyan University, USA.

Table of Contents

Preface Snags and Gags: Cruising the Difficult Rhetorical Suspense, Sexuality and Death in Whitman's "Calamus" Poems "Reports of looting and insane buggery behind altars": John Ashbery's Queer Poetics "A Mirror at the End of a Long Corridor": Moore, Crane, Closure The Magician's Advance: Late Moore Danced Undone: Performances of Resignation and Exhaustion in Crane's Lyrics The End of the Line: Spicer in Love

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