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Poetry and the Trace
Author: John Hawke

ISBN: 9781922186331
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 1 June 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8
Poetry and the Trace is a compelling collection of critical essays by poets and scholars, offering fresh and teasing reflections on the art of contemporary poetry. As the volume's title declares, poetry is enmeshed with 'the trace', Derrida's 'mark of the absence of a presence'. The trace: glimpsed in the haunting evanescence of poetry, its quicksilver breath, its collisions between desire and melancholy, between memory and loss. The trace is poetry's musicality, its dance between distance and intimacy. In her non-definition of poetry's elusive trace, Rachel Blau du Plessis writes teasingly: Given: that things are mackled, spotted, stained: given that words are fat and juiced with jargon; given usage, whisk and turn plus the old effect, the dot that wove a net... Given this-Cannot present argument about trace So, we cannot pin trace, wriggling on the wall, but researchers testing the effects on the brain of reading can now identify another aspect of the trace spiralling into the future. They demonstrate what many readers of poetry have known intuitively: 'Serious literature acts like a rocket-booster to the brain... to shift mental pathways, to create new thoughts, shapes and co...

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