The Transcendental Circuit: Otherworlds of Poetry
From the “golden age of poetry blogging” to the debased age of Trump, this collection of essays and meditations by the poet, critic and novelist Joshua Corey explores contemporary poetry from its margins: the pastoral, the fictional, and the mystical. A noted critic and theorist of the importance and persistence of the pastoral in current writing, Corey argues for the centrality of poets like Lisa Robertson, Francis Ponge and Robert Duncan to an emerging post-pastoral tradition that confronts the eroded boundaries between nature and culture in the time of the Anthropocene. The hinge and heart of the book is a selection from the author’s correspondence with the late Reginald Shepherd, in which the two poets challenge each other to think more rigorously and generously about the emerging field of twenty-first-century American poetry. Other essays consider the poet’s role in a time when the public and private have seemingly exchanged places; the title essay constitutes a defense of poetry but also a critique of the dangerous desire to transcend particulars of historical and embodied existence.
poetry, postmodernism, essays
Nonfiction | Poetry
Corey, Joshua, "The Transcendental Circuit: Otherworlds of Poetry" (2018). Faculty Authored Books. 16.