Wound Building: Essays from Contemporary UK Poetry

Wound Building is a volume of essays on contemporary UK political poetry, with a number of digressive interludes on related work from the US, China, and elsewhere. It is a kind of front-line report on the rapid development of this poetry in the period between 2015 and 2020, with a particular focus on the changing relationship of the authors discussed to questions of violence and its representation.

Furthermore, Wound Building is concerned with aesthetic problems related to Marxism, anarchism, contemporary trans politics, and class, though its “theoretical” preoccupations are subordinated to its desire to provide a ground-level view on the writing itself, its production, its intellectual aporia, and the ways it finds itself outstripped by the ongoing “march of events.” I hope it will be fun to read not only for those concerned with contemporary British political and experimental poetry, but also more generally for anyone who wishes to think carefully about what it means to make art about present-day history and its many horrible enormities.

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