Poems for the Millennium, Vol. 1: Modern and Postmodern Poetry from Fin-de-Siècle to Negritude
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Poems for the Millennium, Vol. 1: Modern and Postmodern Poetry from Fin-de-Siècle to Negritude


As we come to the end of the century, the entire vista of modern poetry has dramatically changed. Poems for the Millennium captures the essence of that change, and unlike any anthology available today, it reveals the revolutionary concepts at the very heart of twentieth-century poetry.
International in its coverage, these volumes depart from the established poetic modes that grew out of the nineteenth century and instead bring together the movements that radically altered the ways that art and language express the human condition.
The first volume offers three "galleries" of individual poets—figures such as Mallarmé, Stein, Rilke, Tzara, Mayakovsky, Pound, H.D., Vallejo, Artaud, Césaire, and Tsvetayeva.
Included, too, are sections dedicated to some of the most significant pre-World War II movements in poetry and the other arts: Futurism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, Objectivism, and Negritude. The second volume will extend the gathering to the present, forming a synthesizing, global anthology that surpasses other collections in its international scope and experimental range.
Poet-editors Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris provide informative and irreverent commentaries throughout. They challenge old truths and propose alternative directions, in the tradition of the revolutionary manifestos that have marked the art and poetry of the twentieth century. The result is both an essential source book for experiencing the full range of this century's poetic possibilities and a powerful statement on the future of poetry in the millennium ahead.

Title:Poems for the Millennium, Vol. 1: Modern and Postmodern Poetry from Fin-de-Siècle to Negritude
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:839 pages

    Poems for the Millennium, Vol. 1: Modern and Postmodern Poetry from Fin-de-Siècle to Negritude Reviews

  • CA
    May 01, 2008

    Both volumes are indispensable. There are some anthologies we must take the time to delve into, despite what we think. I say this because I meet a lot of poets with conservative TAKES on poetry, yet t...

  • Chet
    Jan 05, 2011

    Without a doubt the best poetry anthology I've ever encountered. The selections range far beyond the ordinary western-centric bias. Much more than that, is that the commentary, which is, wonderfully, ...

  • Adrian Astur Alvarez
    Sep 30, 2011

    Typically I take my time with volumes of poetry. I tend to have one author or anthology going at all times as a kind of marginal supplement to my main reading focus. Indeed, that is how I initially ap...

  • Felicia
    Jan 31, 2013

    There are some great pieces in this collection, and then there are some really odd decisions on the part of the editors. A very broad selection, though, in its favor....

  • Erik Akre
    Nov 14, 2015

    This unending volume of poetry dances (in each poem, in each section, in its entirety) on a ragged edge of chaos and/or insanity. It's dizzying and crazy, and the reader follows the poets-madmen throu...

  • Amy
    Dec 17, 2016

    I did n0t like this book - at all. It was physically difficult to use (FAR TOO LARGE for comfortable reading), it was edited strangely (never have I ever seen so many &&&& in formal writing), and the ...

  • K
    Sep 09, 2007

    I read about 90% of this for a class. Some amazing stuff and I think it is one of the best anthologies I've ever had. I think the surrealism section was my favorite but there is something for everyone...

  • Eben
    Jul 29, 2008

    Awesome introduction to turn of century to pre-WWI avant-garde poets, mostly outside the canon. Dada and surrealist greats and so many amazing poems breaking open language and keeping it really really...

  • Tosh
    Jan 04, 2008

    Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris did a great thing by putting these two volumes together. Without a doubt essential collection to own and study and more important to enjoy....

  • Takipsilim
    Dec 12, 2009

    My education in modernist/avant-garde poetry. Absolutely essential for outsiders who don't walk the halls of stuffy academia....