Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Poetics. TOWARD TOTAL POETRY is an extensive primer to modern poetics, focusing especially on the Concrete poets. "The problem is not only to transform poetry into something new compared to poetic tradition, but above all that through this transformation poetry becomes a total art. New experimental poetry is no longer exclusively interpretable as a force modifying the usual instruments of poetic creation, or as the necessity of overcoming national linguistic barriers to an explicitly international poetry. Today it seeks to become a total medium, to escape all limitations to include theater, photography, music, painting, typography, cinematographic techniques, and every other aspect of culture, in a utopian ambition to return to origins."
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Since coming on the scene at age 23 with L'ebreo negro (1964), Adriano Spatola was, until his death in 1988, at the forefront of neo-avant-garde and experimental writing worldwide. Spatola made his distinct contribution not only as a poet, but also as an editor and critic. Spatola left Rome and moved to the country outside Parma to found his own publishing house, Edizioni Geiger, in 1968, and the magazine TamTam, in 1970. In 2008, Spatola's THE POSITION OF THINGS: COLLECTED POEMS 1961-1992 appeared from Green Integer books, as well as his groundbreaking study, TOWARD TOTAL POETRY, from Otis Books/Seismicity Editions. In 2011, Otis Books/Seismicity Editions and Agincourt Press co-published an English translation of Spatola's first novel, THE PORTHOLE.