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Totality for Kids, The

The Totality for Kids
  • Title: The Totality for Kids
  • Authors: Joshua Clover
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • Published Date: 2006-04-03
  • Description: "Fierce intelligence, fierce understanding of social issues, and fierce sense of the power of artifice. This is major work, haunted by a sense of totality always present in the formal intricacy and in the roles cities and architecture play. I think of these poems as crossing the cool, allusive intricacy of Quentin Tarantino with the abstract, intense social passion of Walter Benjamin."—Charles Altieri, author of The Art of Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Modernism and After "The Totality for Kids is a stunning collection that charts the 'the modern and its endnotes,' as voiced in one Clover poem. There is no conceptual abstraction here without its color, motion, and syntax. The poems form an urban and linguistic landscape of contemporary life, in many ways, written in the shadow of Adorno who himself wrote in the shadows of the modern. In this brilliant volume, the fragmented world of a late and lost modernity has its own moving and lucid affect, its forms of aliveness. We encounter here an enormous clarity of language in the service of a poetics that brilliantly queries our historical moment in and as form."—Judith Butler, author of Precarious Life: Powers of Mourning and Violence
  • Identifier: 9780520246003 | 0520246004
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