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Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch by Kenneth Warren Reviewed on Swithcback


Purple Passages and Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch

Patrick James Dunagan

Eros is the desire to be making. That is, eros here is a work and a drive, the work of making works. (30)

-Rachel Blau DuPlessis

The clash of poetics over “the onslaught” of soul in Buffalo involves claims by these opposing clans to earthly lineage and heavenly linkage. (423)

-Kenneth Warren

Kenneth Warren has from the start been writing from a truly outsider perspective (outside any and all sense of academia and at times outside the already fringe camps of experimental poetry) and, as is well demonstrated by this massive collection of reviews, essays, and other assorted commentaries, Warren grounds his critical responses in both the local and personal while demonstrating a vital interest in appealing to wider societal concerns. Included here are his early beginnings as a chronicler of the local music scene in Cleveland, OH, reviewing shows by a number of punk bands and other more widely recognized performers such as Bo Diddley. He also offers a consideration of David Lynch’s filmBlue Velvet. Throughout the 80s and 90s Warren published these writings regularly in publications such as: Alternative PressAmerican Book ReviewContact IIExquisite CorpseGargoyle, Intent, andRolling Stock.

Purple PassagesCaptain Poetry

In equal spirit, the commentary Rachel Blau DuPlessis adds to critical consideration of twentieth century American poetry and poetics is vital and she’s able to present it as all the more so since her own creative work as a poet is influenced by, and in conversation with, the poets she’s addressing. 

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Book Information:

· Paperback: 460 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-063-7


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