Ross Hair is a lecturer in American Studies at the University of East Anglia and author of 'Ronald Johnson’s Modernist Collage Poetry' (2010) and co-editor of 'Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music: America Changed Through Music' (2016).
Acknowledgements Permissions Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1: The Avant-Folkways of Lorine Niedecker Chapter 2: Ian Hamilton Finlay: Scottish Futurist Chapter 3: Jonathan Williams: Beyond Black Mountain Chapter 4: Small is Quite Beautiful: Tarasque Press Chapter 5: Opening the Folds: A Pastoral Vanguard Chapter 6: Coracle’s Unpainted Landscapes Coda: Certain Trees Bibliography
This is an intricate, painstaking and thorough book, stocked full of details about the minutiae of poets’ lives and works, as well as offering range of very interesting close readings... It offers an exciting array of detail about factors constituting poetic groupings, as well as providing tentative sketches towards a map of understanding the potent forces of marginality in constituting certain poetic identities and aesthetic styles.
Gareth Farmer, English Studies
The homemade folk poetry publishing tradition is no obstacle to global recognition as Ross Hair shows in Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks from 1950 to the Present. Hair’s book points to the variety of ways that poetic networks can evolve and become important ways of sustaining ‘interpersonal relationships’ outside of the city.
Tears in the Fence
Avant-Folk is extremely well researched, rich in detail, thought-provoking and highly readable.
Size: 234 × 156 mm
Publication: November 1, 2016