Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in by Andrew Epstein

By Andrew Epstein

Poetry has lengthy been regarded as a style dedicated to grand topics, undying issues, and stylish attractiveness. Why, then, have modern poets became with such depth to documenting and taking pictures the typical and mundane? Drawing on insights concerning the nature of way of life from philosophy, historical past, and significant thought, Andrew Epstein strains the trendy background of this preoccupation and considers why it's so a lot with us at the present time. Attention Equals Life argues effective starvation for way of life explodes within the post-1945 interval as a response to the fast, unsettling differences of this epoch, that have led to a tradition of perilous distraction. Epstein demonstrates that poetry is a vital, and maybe not going, cultural shape that has fixed a reaction, or even a method of resistance, to a tradition being affected by an acute trouble of attention.

In this well timed and fascinating examine, Epstein examines why a compulsion to symbolize the standard turns into major within the a long time after modernism and why it has so usually sparked genre-bending formal experimentation. With chapters dedicated to illuminating readings of a various crew of writers--including poets linked to influential routine just like the ny institution, language poetry, and conceptual writing--the booklet considers the diversity of types modern poetry of lifestyle has taken, and analyzes how gender, race, and political forces all profoundly inflect the event and the illustration of the quotidian.

By exploring the increase of experimental realism as a poetic mode and the flip to rule-governed "everyday-life projects," Attention Equals Life deals a brand new means of knowing an essential pressure on the middle of 20th- and twenty-first century literature. It not just charts the evolution of an important thought in cultural concept and poetry, but additionally reminds readers that the hunt to concentrate on the typical inside latest frenetic global of smartphones and social media is an pressing and endless task.

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