A book length collection of reflections and essays on the poetry and art of Joe Brainard. Includes contributions from John Ashbery, Alice Notley, John Brainard, Ron Padgett, Edmund Berrigan, Brian Glavey, Andrew Epstein, Andy Fitch, Jess Cotton, Rona Cran, Nick Sturm, Tim Keane, Nathan Kernan, Anna Smaill, and Marjorie Perloff.
Published by Edinburgh University Press (April, 2019).
Review excerpt: Shamma has done a fine job of gathering commentary from Brainard’s circle and beyond, bringing this "anti-heroic, humble and lyric" writer and artist into critical focus. These essays and tributes help us to fully appreciate the richness and complexity of both the man and his work.
- Bonnie Costello, Boston University
This book examines the ways in which the contours of Second Generation New York School poems register the built environments from which they were composed. It builds upon Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space through close readings of Second Generation New York School poetry, to argue that avant-garde contemporary poetry has been written with space in mind.
With chapters focusing on the works of Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, and Joe Brainard, it offers the first comprehensive definition of Second Generation New York School Poetry.
Review Excerpt: "This, the first study of second-generation New York School poetics is a model of careful scholarship and critical discrimination. Writing under the sign of Frank O'Hara but with their own spin, poets like Ron Padgett and Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan and Joe Brainard, have produced an exciting body of the work that has not received the attention it deserves. Spatial Poetics is a genuinely valuable and original addition to studies of contemporary American poetry and poetics."
--Marjorie Perloff, Sadie D. Patek Professor of Humanities Emerita, Stanford University
Published October 4, 2018, Spatial Poetics may be purchased by libraries here
Purchased within the US here
or Purchased within the UK here