Sunday, 23 April 2000

From "Off the Grid: Lyric and Politics in Andrea Brady's Embrace"

by John Wilkinson.

Its [Prynne's Brass's] materialist poetics are the basis of a continuing distinction between British and American understandings of what a materialist poetics might entail. The materialism of Brass works at several levels. The first is epistemological. Prynne's writing drew on multiple ways of knowing, a characteristic fated to be misread as postmodern discursive relativism. In reality it was a truth-seeking by way of poetry, reconnected with the ambitions of Wordsworth and Coleridge. The second is political, refusing easy sentiment, disdaining spirituality, rooted in economics and biology, and intensely interested in the everyday signs of capitalist depredation.

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