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Sophie Rachmuhl, A Higher Form of Politics: The Rise of a Poetry Scene, Los Angeles, 1950-1990

 

Poets came to view language as an ideological battleground, perpetuating the city’s tradition of dissent and nonconformity. But thanks to the stress Los Angeles poets place on freedom, and authenticity, as well as the city’s immensity and decentralization, the scene is constantly in peril of forgetting its own history and fragmenting into nothing.

 

Translated from the French by Mindy Menjou and George Drury Smith.

Co-published with Beyond Baroque Foundation.

This comprehensive history of the Los Angeles poetry scene from the 1950s to the 1990s appears for the first time in English in Mindy Menjou and George Drury Smith’s skillful translation. The book includes a DVD copy of Innerscapes, 10 Portraits of Los Angeles Poets, a documentary made by the author in Los Angeles from 1986-88.

A scholar of American Studies, Sophie Rachmuhl is Maître de Conférences (Associate Professor) at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France.


  • ISBN: 978-0-9860173-5-3
  • Price: $12.95
  • Published 2015
  • 255 pages

Where to buy: Buy A Higher Form of Politics: The Rise of a Poetry Scene, Los Angeles, 1950-1990