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The Dark End of the Street

Margins in American Vanguard Poetry

1993
Author:

Maria Damon

The Dark End of the Street

Damon foregrounds a number of modern American poets work and lives in order to argue that the American avant-garde is located in the experimental literary works of social “outsiders.” Discussed is the work of Black/Jewish surrealist street poet Bob Kaufman, Boston-Brahmin Robert Lowell and three teenaged women writing from a South Boston housing project, pre-Stonewall gay poets Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, and Jewish lesbian-in-exile Gertrude Stein.

Damon foregrounds a number of modern American poets work and lives in order to argue that the American avant-garde is located in the experimental literary works of social “outsiders.” Discussed is the work of Black/Jewish surrealist street poet Bob Kaufman, Boston-Brahmin Robert Lowell and three teenaged women writing from a South Boston housing project, pre-Stonewall gay poets Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, and Jewish lesbian-in-exile Gertrude Stein.

“A work of art as well as a work of criticism. . . . Addresses important questions about art and social life, about the margins and the center, and about oppression and suppression.” --George Lipsitz

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An engaging and important book. Damon's sophisticated, theoretical approaches to American verse, coupled with her fresh, writerly style in <em>The Dark End of The Street, </em>put her on the forefront of American poetry's next generation of literary criticism.
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American Literature

Damon foregrounds a number of modern American poets work and lives in order to argue that the American avant-garde is located in the experimental literary works of social "outsiders." Discussed is the work of Black/Jewish surrealist street poet Bob Kaufman, Boston-Brahmin Robert Lowell and three teenaged women writing from a South Boston housing project, pre-Stonewall gay poets Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, and Jewish lesbian-in-exile Gertrude Stein.

"An engaging and important book. Damon's sophisticated, theoretical approaches to American verse, coupled with her fresh, writerly style in The Dark End of The Street, put her on the forefront of American poetry's next generation of literary criticism." -American Literature

"A work of art as well as a work of criticism. Addresses important questions about art and social life, about the margins and the center, and about oppression and suppression." -George Lipsitz

The Dark End of the Street

Maria Damon is assistant professor of English at the University of Minnesota.

The Dark End of the Street
<p>
An engaging and important book. Damon's sophisticated, theoretical approaches to American verse, coupled with her fresh, writerly style in <em>The Dark End of The Street, </em>put her on the forefront of American poetry's next generation of literary criticism.
</p>

American Literature