By (author) Drew Milne
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Go Figure by Drew Milne
Book DescriptionHamlet famously found himself ill at the numbers of poetry. These poems are no less ill at ease with the metrical or geometrical principles which constrain their movements, though freedom from maths is hard won. While Milne's earlier poems have a reputation for opacity, the aphoristic prose poems which make up 'Aftermaths', the book's concluding afterword, offer a blisteringly explicit account of the book's arguments. Part of the resulting excitement of this new poetic book-form is the tension between the parts that make up the whole. Go Figure's internal resonances thus combine extraordinary levels of refracted or playful poetic detail with direct challenges to the way life, art and society are currently constituted. Through the rubble of capitalism's wars, fetishes and interior decorations, the book seeks figures for what comes after maths. Out of the poetics of everyday life, maths are found wanting, while fragments of a different, more speculative approach are put forward. A variety of mathematical masks, formulae and mysteries are exposed, but the biological tyranny of number-crunching is also found poisoning art and philosophy, from Pythagoras to Heisenberg, and from Achilles to the Beach Boys. Modern art, especially modern poetry, is haunted by the figure of Field Marshal Sir General Reader, the media's universal strategist for inflicting war, viewing figures and sundry axes of nonsense upon the poetics of political dissonance. This figure is here banished along with the soldiers of the Holy Trinity. The stage is set for new figures to go forth and do something other than multiply.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844710294
(216mm x 140mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Salt Publishing
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Drew Milne
Proud Flesh, Paperback (September 2005)
Wilkinson's classic, Proud Flesh, is a journal of love's intensities and convulsions. Panning across its characters like a camera, this is lyric poetry as film noire, filled with jealousy, violence and sexual obsession. Incandescent images play across the bodies of the lovers, each caught, frame by frame, in an intense act of surveillance.
Modern Critical Thought, Hardback (September 2003)
* Presents a series of texts in which major twentieth--century thinkers engage in dialogue with their predecessors. * Offers an innovative way into understanding modern critical thought. * Spans the period from Marx to the present day. * A conversation of ideas emerges between one generation and the next.
Marxist Literary Theory, Paperback (December 1995)» View all books by Drew Milne
Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader is designed to give both students and lecturers a sense of the historical formation of a Marxist literary tradition. A unique compilation of principal texts in that tradition, it offers the reader new ways of reading Marxism, literature, theory, and the social possibilities of writing.
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Author Biography - Drew Milne
Drew Milne was born in Edinburgh, Scotland 1964. His books include Sheet Mettle (1994), How Peace Came (1994), Songbook (1996), Bench Marks (1998), As It Were (1998), familiars (1999), Pianola (2000) and The Gates of Gaza (2000). He has been a lecturer at the universities of Edinburgh and Sussex, and is the Judith E. Wilson Lecturer in Drama and Poetry, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. He edits Parataxis Editions, and the journal Parataxis: modernism and modern writing.
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