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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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...


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


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


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.


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

Can't wait to read.


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