Attention equals life the pursuit of the everyday in contemporary poetry and culture /

"Attention Equals Life examines why a quest to pay attention to daily life has increasingly become a central feature of both contemporary American poetry and the wider culture of which it is a part" --

Main Author: Epstein, Andrew, 1969-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Physical Description: xi, 364 pages ; 24 cm.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: the poetics of everyday life since 1945
  • The crisis of attention, everyday life theory, and contemporary poetry
  • "Each day so different, yet still alike": James Schuyler and the elusive everyday
  • "Tthe tiny invites attention": A. R. Ammons's quotidian muse
  • Writing the maternal everyday: Bernadette Mayer and her "daughters" (Hoa Nguyen, Susan Holbrook, Laynie Browne)
  • "There is no content here, only dailiness": poetry as critique of everyday life in Ron Silliman's Ketjak
  • Everyday life projects in contemporary poetry and culture (Kenneth Goldsmith, Claudia Rankine, Brenda Coultas, Harryette Mullen)
  • Conclusion: Claudia Rankine's citizen and beyond.