MadHat Press

Where the Wanting Leads Us ed. J. Peter Moore

Where the Wanting Leads Us:
Reading the Poetry of Norman Finkelstein

The essays and commentaries collected in Where the Wanting Leads Us celebrate the poetry and critical thought of Norman Finkelstein. Taken together they offer an introduction to the work of a writer who has for over forty years shaped the discourse on modern and contemporary poetics. Unmoved by the prospect of creative destruction, Finkelstein, a consummate student of Robert Duncan, stages a poetry of derivation, imbued with the deferential nuance of the weary savant. In serial poems, sounded meditations and citational inscriptions, one finds a poetics of intertextual encounter, where what awaits the reader is another reader looking back at them, with hands outstretched, commencing a séance for the spirit of enlightenment.

* * *

Norman Finkelstein is the inheritor of an aesthetics and ethics whose collective force, in American poetry and poetics, has been considerable, in part because of what he has written.

—Burt Kimmelman

 

With the publication of the three volumes of the serial poem Track around the turn of the millennium, Norman Finkelstein emerged as a major American poet, a figure to be discussed in company with such important writers of an earlier generation as Michael Palmer, Susan Howe, Ed Roberson, and Lyn Hejinian.

—Mark Scroggins

Finkelstein’s poetry alternates between a romantic’s sensibility toward the sublime and an experimental writer’s sense of obstruction and limit.

—Kristen Renzi

Paperback: 194 pp.
Publisher: MadHat Press, Inc.
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-952335-27-3

Welcome

Customers may experience long shipping delays during this time. We will ship your order as quickly as possible. Our carriers are also experiencing delay, which may add additional transit time for domestic orders. Thank you for your patience in these trying times.

MadHat Press is a leading publisher of unique and vital contemporary poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and criticism.

MadHat Press seeks to foster the work of writers and poets: explosive, lyrical, passionate, deeply wrought voices that stretch the boundaries of language, narrative and image, vital and enduring literary voices that sing on the page as well as in the mind.

Contact Us
email: madhatarts@gmail.com
phone: (617) 821-1915

mailing address:
PO Box 422
Cheshire MA 01225
USA


a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization