Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Poetics. LISTENING TO READING presents two different kinds of writing about poetry—critical analysis and performance—both of which pay particular attention to sound, shape, and relation of sound/shape to meaning. It offers a critical and performative presentation of experimental writing, including essays on work by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, David Bromige, Lyn Hejinian, Clark Coolidge, Beverly Dahlen, Susan Howe, Michael Palmer, Leslie Scalapino and others. "[This] discussion of difficult, ostensibly `inaccessible' poetries cries out for a wider audience, and could have a far-reaching impact on our general understanding of critical theory and practice"—Joe Amato.
Stephen Ratcliffe is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including ROCKS (Cuneiform Press, 2020), MORE ROCKS (Cuneiform Press, 2020), SOUND OF WAVE IN CHANNEL (BlazeVOX Books, 2018), PAINTING (Chax Press, 2014), and SELECTED DAYS (Counterpath Press, 2012) which won The Poetry Center Book Award. He has also written three books of literary criticism, READING THE UNSEEN: (OFFSTAGE) HAMLET (Counterpath Press, 2010), LISTENING TO READING (SUNY Press, 2000), and Campion: On Song (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981). His ongoing series of six 1,000-page books, each written in 1,000 consecutive days, is available at Editions Eclipse and his daily poems-plus-photographs appear at Temporality. He has lived in Bolinas since 1973.Author City: BOLINAS, CA USA