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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

41 Moves in Contemporary Poetics

A couple of poets - Elisa Gabbert and Mike Young - without enough to do otherwise in their lives, have carefully identified 41 'moves' used by contemporary poets - some grammatical, some simply style, some little more than passing fads or fashion.

Here's an example:

6) Verbing a noun or other nonverb

From “[when you touch down upon this earth.little reindeers"] by D.A. Powell: “little reindeers / hoofing murderously”
From Scape by Joshua Harmon: “perceiving only how vertigo / secretaries me into the office”


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