The Meaning of Form in Contemporary Innovative Poetry

  • Robert Sheppard

Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)

About this book


This study engages the life of form in contemporary innovative poetries through both an introduction to the latest theories and close readings of leading North American and British innovative poets. The critical approach derives from Robert Sheppard’s axiomatic contention that poetry is the investigation of complex contemporary realities through the means (meanings) of form. Analyzing the poetry of Rosmarie Waldrop, Caroline Bergval, Sean Bonney, Barry MacSweeney, Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Kenneth Goldsmith, Allen Fisher, and Geraldine Monk, Sheppard argues that their forms are a matter of authorial design and readerly engagement. 


Contemporary poetry 21st century British poetry North American poetry Lyric Poetics

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Sheppard
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English, History and Creative WritingEdge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUnited Kingdom

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