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Bob Perelman

The Marginalization of Poetry


A discussion of Bob Perelman’s book The Marginalization of Poetry was published as the Vol. 1 No. 4 May 1997 pamphlet in The Impercipient Lecture Series, edited and published by Jennifer Moxley and Steve Evans from Providence, Rhode Island.

The publishers and the five authors have kindly given permission for these papers to be published in Jacket. You may read them by selecting the highlighted names here: Ron Silliman, Ann Lauterbach, Juliana Spahr, Steve Evans, Bob Perelman, and Kate Lilley.

The pamphlet contains readings and responses by the above authors to Bob Perelman’s book, directly followed by Mr Perelman’s counter-response. The elegant and compact print version of the pamphlet may be obtained by writing to the publishers; please see the information at the end of this page.

Criticism as Football

The papers were publicly presented as part of an evening organized and moderated by the poet Sean Killian, on Saturday, March 22, 1997 at 7:30pm in the Segue Performance Space at 303 East 8th Street, New York City. The authors wish to express their thanks and gratitude to Mr. Killian for his generosity in organizing and promoting this event. Jacket wishes to thank the authors for allowing the papers to be published here. The work is copyright; please see the copyright notice directly below.



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The Impercipient Lecture Series is a series of elegantly designed and typeset pamphlets edited and published by Steve Evans and Jennifer Moxley from Providence, Rhode Island. The series is "...Dedicated to Free Intellectual Production". While they do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, if you would like information about giving a lecture, please send them a query. They say: "We encourage you to copy the ILS in part or in full and share it with your comrades, though we ask that proper citation be employed out of respect for the authors."

That with this bright believing band
I have no claim to be,
That faiths by which my comrades stand
Seem fantasies to me,
And mirage-mists their Shining Land,
Is a strange destiny.

from Thomas Hardy’s "The Impercipient"

If you are interested in hosting an ILS lecture in your town, or in reprinting its contents in a more permanent form, please write to Steve Evans and Jennifer Moxley. During 1998 their address is: c/- Le Gallou, #9 rue Quinault, Paris 75015, France.



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