Lip Service by Bruce Andrews

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At nearly 400 pages in length, Lip Service is Bruce Andrews' major poetry work of the 1990s. The book is divided into ten 'planets' corresponding to the ten 'bodies' of the Paradiso, each of which is in turn divided into ten sections. Andrews draws on resonances between the semiotic rubble of late capitalist society (overheard or found phrases and words gathered over a four-year period, then meticulously organized and edited) and Charles Singleton's translation of Dante to create a bleak vision of a contemporary world where vanity and self-regard are paramount, love is nothing but pretense and dissimulation, and mutability and immutability are inverted.

 

About Bruce Andrews

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Bruce Andrews is ldquo;a performance artist and poet whose texts are some of the most radical of the Language school; his poetry tries to cast doubt on each and every lsquo;naturalrsquo; construction of languagerdquo; (The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Literature in English). Andrews is a founding editor of the legendary journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, which catalyzed the eponymous poetry movement that emerged in the 1970s and rsquo;80s. His many books include Lip Service, Give rsquo;Em Enough Rope, Designated Heartbeat, Ex Why Zee, Tizzy Boost, and I Donrsquo;t Have Any Paper So Shut Up (or, Social Romanticism).
 
Published February 1, 2001 by Coach House Books. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nine years after the spellbinding book-length poem I Don't Have Any Paper So Shut Up (Or, Social Romanticism), which has become recognized as a classic of Language Writing, Andrews returns to the large canvas with this phonetic translation/ recasting of Dante's Paradiso, the final part (often ign...

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