Poetic cosmologies: Black Mountain Poetry and process philosophy. Joshua S Hoeynck

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Poetic cosmologies: Black Mountain Poetry and process philosophy.  by  Joshua S Hoeynck

Poetic cosmologies: Black Mountain Poetry and process philosophy. by Joshua S Hoeynck
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By tracing the associations between Black Mountain Poetry and Alfred North Whiteheads speculative philosophical text of 1928, entitled Process and Reality, Poetic Cosmologies elucidates the complementary concerns of a strain of mid-twentieth century American poetry and empirical science.

For the poets Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, and Robert Creeley, Whiteheads metaphysics and his philosophy of science supplied the expansive concept of an open and inventive cosmos in process. In Poetic Cosmologies, I suggest that science and Black Mountain poetry are unrelated in terms of praxis and intellectual history, but related in that both take an interest in the nonhuman universe: science objectifies the definite qualities of things in the cosmos by measuring their isolated attributes with instruments, while Black Mountain poetry attempts to objectify indefinite feelings spurred on by the cosmos, feelings not measured by sciences processes and procedures.-To detail this contrast, Poetic Cosmologies extends the critical perspective of science studies to poetics.

Current thinkers in the field of science studies like Bruno Latour and Isabelle Stengers trace the actions scientists undertake in the laboratory, charting how figures like Louis Pasteur and Galileo measure and represent nonhumans. Throughout Poetic Cosmologies, I scrutinize Black Mountains epistolary and collaborative modes of writing as a means to track their creative processes, displaying how Olson, Creeley, Levertov, and Duncan concomitantly measure or portray the dim feelings of efficacy spurred on by the nonhuman universe.

Moreover, many studies to date have relied on Olsons essay Projective Verse (1950) and its theories of breath prosody to frame and interpret Black Mountain poetry. Conversely, deploying Whiteheads philosophy and the methods of science studies obliges a different reading of Black Mountains later texts, specifically those pertaining to cosmology, such as Olsons unpublished Projective Verse II or Robert Duncans Apprehensions. These texts, among others, indicate that as the fifties became the sixties, the Black Mountain group transitioned from the performative, bodily, and epic poetics outlined in Projective Verse to mutual modes of writing that illustrate the bewildering variety of order in reality.

Investigating the perplexing things in the field of reality and the dim nature of perceptive experience, Olson, Creeley, Levertov, and Duncan provide a complement to empirical thought and measurement that derives from a poetic methodology of relatedness made sustainable by Whiteheads process philosophy.



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