Brooks Lampe

Hysterical Catalog: Gregory Corso’s Alchemical-Surrealism

December 5, 2012
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The poet as alchemist, transmuting the socio-political reality using the mundane elements found in the (social) environment with the transformative energies of consciousness.

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mUutations: Matthew Zapruder

April 5, 2012
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I’ve been thinking about what Robert Kelly wrote in the early 60s about each image in a poem having “its field of force, its shadow moving darkly through the poem.”

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mUutations: Louis Simpson

December 12, 2011
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The poem points to something I am growing increasingly aware of: surrealism is fundamentally mimetic.

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mUutations: Pete Winslow

October 28, 2011
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Pete Winslow is a very minor Beat surrealist poet who died young and only published a few books.

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mUutations: Kaufman’s CINCOPRHENICPOET

October 14, 2011
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This process of differentiation comes at a cost, however, alienating the rebel from his cultural and ideological context.

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mUutations: Lorca’s SPIRAL

September 23, 2011
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Here’s a poem by Federico Garcia Lorca that could change your life, if your name is Euclid or Bernhard Reimann.

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Hindu Surrealism: George Kalamaras

June 22, 2011
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The two loves of Kalamaras’s life: Surrealism and Hindu mysticism (with a touch of rhetorical theory!).

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Will Alexander’s Compression & Purity

May 4, 2011
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Certainly postmodern works has blurred generic boundaries, but Alexander seems to be showing, in an almost Pynchon-like way, that even the nuances of specialized language can be conscripted and subsumed into a larger poetic utterance.

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Frank Bidart’s “Golden State”: Resisting the Diachronic Urge

March 25, 2011
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Narrative seems to hold a privileged position in the hierarchy of meaning-making and we have subconsciously absorbed it as an the overarching structure for comprehending reality. So: what to do with the diachronic urge? Do episodic “image narratives” offer a viable alternative?

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Bob Kaufman’s Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness

February 21, 2011
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Paradoxically, the Beats depicted themselves and the society they were rejecting in surreal imagery. America, in their estimation is a surrealist circus, full of absurdities.

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A Language Poet You’ll Enjoy Reading

January 7, 2011
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Add Clark Coolidge to the list of great American poets that nobody is talking about.

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Aesthete and Propagandist: An Interview with Gene Tanta

December 10, 2010
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It’s getting later than it’s ever been and the sonnet is nearly over: do you know where your closure is?

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A Ghost (Sonnet) in Gene Tanta’s “Unusual Woods”

November 8, 2010
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Seemingly disconnected things envisioned as unified: this is the surreal experience of the “marvelous” or the Deep Image experience of the deep image.

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On Gene Tanta’s “Critical Introduction to Unusual Woods.”

October 30, 2010
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Even though both the form and content of Gene Tanta’s work are particular to his Romanian-immigrant experience, he insists that his poetry is accessible to everyone. His poetry, he says, exists both as aesthetic objects and political propaganda. This is absolutely true about all poetry, not just his own. Inevitably, literary criticism will come to see that literature is always both.

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A Beautifully Scrambled Egg

October 19, 2010
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Mathews is just talking about how to cook eggs. He’s paying really close attention to both the delicate things eggs are the delicate process of cooking them. What for? Because it’s frickin’ awesome. Shut up and enjoy the eggs.

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Surrealism Re-Imagined

October 11, 2010

At its heart, surrealism wages a political and ideological battle through language. By creating impossible images through placing disparate objects side-by-side, poetry dismantles and re-formulates our perceptions and conceptions of reality.

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