Silent Refusal: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Writing: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Writing (Undercurrents) (Paperback)

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Silent Refusal: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Writing: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Writing (Undercurrents) (Paperback)

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What motivates writers to create purposefully difficult texts? In what ways is textual difficulty politically charged? In this collection of smart and accessible essays, Kristina Marie Darling seeks to answer these questions by delving deeply into the idea of difficulty in contemporary women's poetry. Through close engagement with recent poetry and hybrid work from women, non-binary writers, and writers of color, Darling argues that textual difficulty constitutes a provocative reversal of power, in which writers from historically marginalized groups within society can decide who is allowed into the imaginative terrain they have created. In constructing this argument, she shows the full range and artistic possibilities inherent in contemporary texts that foreground textual difficulty as an aesthetic gesture. This is powerful reading that will change how you think about contemporary poetry and its subversive possibilities.

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-four books, including Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle and DARK HORSE: Poems. She currently serves as editor-in-chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Review of Books, a staff blogger at the Kenyon Review, a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly, and a freelance book critic at the New York Times Book Review.
Product Details ISBN: 9781939568410
ISBN-10: 1939568412
Publisher: Black Ocean
Publication Date: December 14th, 2021
Pages: 150
Language: English
Series: Undercurrents