Word Group advances verbal experiment through a music of abstract ideas and precise imagination. With the resources of Language School poetics and New American Poetry, this collection breaks new ground by engaging the critical strategies necessary for creating a lyric poem.
“Very few American poets explore the mechanisms of lyric voicing, poetic syntax and poetic logic with the determined focus of Marjorie Welish. We witness the dynamic play of likeness and difference, paradox and disjunction, while embarking on a path of startling turns or tropes. Space seems to reconfigure itself as we proceed, revealing new dimensions and folds. Space of the page, the room, the stanza. Fresh air pouring in.” —Michael Palmer
Excerpt from Esther Press Blog, June 23rd, 2004:
Marjorie Welish’s disciplined exploration of her mind—how it relates, relays, and imagines information—continues in her new book, Word Group. Her concerns are the structures, the apparatuses, the indexes, the frames we use when we speak or think in language. There is a wilderness that Welish unlocks by so doing, as her narrators utter something but then are also involved with the structure of the utterance
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