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Robert Hampson and Ken Edwards (eds.) - CLASP: Late Modernist Poetry in London in the 1970s

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Robert Hampson and Ken Edwards (eds.) - CLASP: Late Modernist Poetry in London in the 1970s

Published April 2016. Paperback, 180pp, 9 x 6ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848614604  [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
CLASP is an exercise in collective remembering – with, as Lawrence Upton’s essay suggests, a consciousness of memory work as also a process of selecting, forgetting and inventing. The original plan had been to focus on the 1970s, the decade during which [Ken Edwards and I] had co-edited Alembic with Peter Barry. Some of those we approached felt they could not usefully remember enough of their poetry activities in this period; some were reluctant to return to the past. Also, as the project developed, it became clear that the original plan wouldn’t work: the history did not fit neatly into the limits of the decade. We would have to start earlier to understand the roots of 1970s London poetry, and we would have to stray into the 1980s to see how some of the debates and actions of the 1970s played out.
—Robert Hampson, from his Introduction to this volume
 
Contributors to the volume are: Gilbert Adair, Peter Barry, Clive Bush, Paula
Claire, Ken Edwards, P.C. Fencott, Paul A. Green, Robert Hampson, Anthony
Howell, Tony Lopez, David Miller, John Muckle, Frances Presley, Elaine Randell, Will Rowe, Gavin Selerie, Robert Sheppard, Iain Sinclair, Valerie Soar, Lawrence Upton, Robert Vas Dias, Stephen Watts, John Welch.

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