Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Monkey & the Wrench: First Look

The Monkey & the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics
Mary Biddinger and John Gallaher, editors

Super secret first peek!

Monkey see, monkey do. Throw a monkey wrench in the works. Monkey mind. Don’t monkey with it. Hundredth monkey effect. Infinite monkey theorem. No more monkeys jumping on the bed. A barrel full of monkeys. Etc. And then what happens?

Coming in January 2011:

Robert Archambeau, “The Discursive Situation of Poetry”

Stephen Burt, “Cornucopia, or, Contemporary American Rhyme”

Michael Dumanis, “An Aesthetics of Accumulation: On the Contemporary Litany”

Elisa Gabbert, “The Moves: Common Maneuvers in Contemporary Poetry”

Joy Katz, “Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye; Notes on the Ends of Poems”

David Kirby, “A Wilderness of Monkeys”

Benjamin Paloff, “I Am One of an Infinite Number of Monkeys Named Shakespeare, or: Why I Don’t Own this Language”

Elizabeth Robinson, “Persona and the Mystical Poem”

Cole Swensen, “Response to ‘Hybrid Aesthetics and its Discontents’”

Michael Theune; Arielle Greenberg; Craig Santos Perez; Megan Volpert; Mark Wallace; “Hybrid Aesthetics and its Discontents”


Stay tuned.

15 Comments:

At 10/10/2010 8:00 AM, Blogger Johannes said...

Looks interesting. If you have your press send me a copy I'll write a review on Montevidayo. I went to the hybrid panel at the AWP and I thought it was a pretty great panel.

Johannes

 
At 10/10/2010 8:03 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

I was sitting behind you, I believe?

Anyway, that's when we asked for it.

Can you send me an address to jjgallaher at hotmail dot com.

 
At 10/10/2010 8:07 AM, Blogger C. Dale said...

Sounds like a good bunch of essays. How do you do so many things?

 
At 10/10/2010 8:26 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

By not working alone! One can do twice as much if one does half as much.

Ha!

Or something like that.

 
At 10/10/2010 8:56 AM, Blogger Kent Johnson said...

Curious who's publishing it? Or is that part of the secret?

And the last thing there with Theune et al is a roundtable, I take it?

 
At 10/10/2010 9:39 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

It's up on Amazon, so there's no secret. It's the University of Akron Press. It's the first of (hopefully!) a long series.

Wish us luck.

 
At 10/10/2010 9:41 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Sorry, I forgot the second question.

Yes, it's a panel from last year's AWP, that we then invited Cole Swensen to reply to.

 
At 10/10/2010 2:13 PM, Blogger Archambeau said...

I was promised a pet monkey if I contributed to this book. Where's my monkey? I DEMAND MY MONKEY!

Bob

 
At 10/10/2010 3:33 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Turns out they're quite expensive. Would you settle for a couple interns?

 
At 10/10/2010 5:01 PM, Blogger Kent Johnson said...

>It's the first of (hopefully!) a long series.

A long series on what?

Innovative American Poetry and Primate Evolution?

no, just kidding, sorry. It looks like a really interesting book!

Kent

 
At 10/11/2010 7:13 AM, Blogger Arielle said...

Yay! Looks great, really teachable, too.

And hello to all my friends here in the comment box!

 
At 10/11/2010 8:48 AM, Blogger Oliver de la Paz said...

Looks great! January seems so far away!

 
At 10/11/2010 8:57 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Kent:

The next one is going to be all Neanderthal. But we're fighting over the spelling. Scientific American perfers Neandertal. Is there no end?!?

ODlP:

It doesn't feel so far away when we're trying to hit the production deadlines!

Arielle:

We're so pleased to have you as a part of this. We're hoping that it's both teachable and also readable and interesting outside of the classroom.

Crossed fingers!

 
At 10/11/2010 7:56 PM, Blogger Michael Theune said...

Yo, John!

Gettin' there--very cool!

Hey, Elisa's title has me all a-twitter. "The Moves" in contemporary poetry...? We talkin' turns, or what? Gimme a hint...

Looks like a terrific collection. Glad to be a part of it.

Cheers!
Mike

 
At 10/12/2010 5:05 PM, Blogger newzoopoet said...

Can't wait to read.

 

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