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Dictionary Poetics: Toward a Radical Lexicography

Craig Dworkin


Dictionary Poetics analyses book-length poems from a number of writers who have used particular editions of specific dictionaries to structure their work. Spanning most of the 20th century, this study investigates poems by Louis Zukofsky and George Oppen (two “Objectivist” writers of the late 1920s and early 1930s), Clark Coolidge and Tina Darragh (two “Language Poets” with books from the 1970s and 1980s, respectively), and Harryette Mullen (a post-Black-Arts writer who flourished in the 1990s). By reverse-engineering poems, this study sets the critical record straight on multiple counts. More ... More

Keywords: Clark Coolidge, Tina Darragh, dictionaries, language poetry, lexicography, Harryette Mullen, objectivism, George Oppen, poetics, Louis Zukofsky

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823287987
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Dworkin, author
University of Utah