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Translating the Unspeakable Poetry and the Innovative Necessity by Kathleen Fraser

Translating the Unspeakable Poetry and the Innovative Necessity

Part of the Modern & Contemporary Poetics Series


Translating the Unspeakable Poetry and the Innovative Necessity by Kathleen Fraser

This collection of 18 essays by the poet Kathleen Fraser, combines autobiography and criticism to examine what it means for an artist to innovate instead of following an already travelled path. The essays also examine modernist women writers, their contemporary successors, and their visual poetics.


These superb essays by Kathleen Fraser take their sanction from her long commitment to the craft of poetry and to the advocacy of experimental writing by women. She speaks with a poet's authority, but with a large and articulate awareness of the theoretical and practical concerns of contemporary poets. Current discussions of contemporary poetry are enormously enriched by these complex reflections, revealing Fraser's intelligent passion for this lifelong vocation, not only as writer but as teacher and editor, and her generosity and openness to the labors of poets marginalized and occluded within the record. —Eileen Gregory, University of Dallas

About the Author

Kathleen Fraser, award-winning poet, prose writer, and editor/publisher of the journal HOW(ever) and the new on-line journal HOW2, was Professor of Creative Writing for twenty years at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and founded the American Poetry Archives. Her most recent book of poems is il cuore: the heart.

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Publication date

30th November 1999


Kathleen Fraser

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The University of Alabama Press


248 pages


Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Poetry by individual poets



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