Damon foregrounds a number of modern American poets work and lives in order to argue that the American avant-garde is located in the experimental literary works of social “outsiders.” Discussed is the work of Black/Jewish surrealist street poet Bob Kaufman, Boston-Brahmin Robert Lowell and three teenaged women writing from a South Boston housing project, pre-Stonewall gay poets Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, and Jewish lesbian-in-exile Gertrude Stein. “A work of art as well as a work of criticism. . . . Addresses important questions about art and social life, about the margins and the center, and about oppression and suppression.” --George Lipsitz
Subjects: Language & Literature
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