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Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley by John Kinsella, edited by Niall Lucy

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November 2011, no. 336

Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley by John Kinsella, edited by Niall Lucy

Liverpool University Press (Inbooks), $170 hb, 224 pp

Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley by John Kinsella, edited by Niall Lucy

by
November 2011, no. 336

This book of essays by the vegan-anarchist-pacifist poet John Kinsella on the relationship between political activism and poetry raises two big questions: how do we live in modernity? and what is it like to live beyond the mainstream? The first question lies behind the great cultural movements of the West, from Romanticism to postmodernism. Whether writers have embraced modernity or rejected it, they have long struggled with the very conditions that brought literary culture into existence. The utopian possibilities of modernity have always been in conflict with modernity’s material realities.

David McCooey reviews 'Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley' by John Kinsella, edited by Niall Lucy

Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley

by John Kinsella, edited by Niall Lucy

Liverpool University Press (Inbooks), $170 hb, 224 pp

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