David Antin, poet and critic known for his ‘talk poems,’ dies at 84 – Washington Post – October 18, 2016
In the 1970s, Mr. Antin began to develop a hybrid form of storytelling that was a combination of poetry, spoken meditation and critical essay in which he discussed issues or intellectual concepts in front of an audience. The performances were recorded and later revised by Mr. Antin into written works that became known as talk poems.
David Antin Dies at 84; Poet Created a New Performance Style – William Grimes – New York Times – October 17, 2016
“I tried to invent a poem, my kind of poem — an interrogation of a sort,” he told The Review of Contemporary Fiction in 2001. “I started thinking out loud, and that was somewhat better. I was committed to a poetry of thinking — not of thought but of thinking.” The poet, he wrote in his 1972 essay “Modernism and Postmodernism,” was “a man up on his feet talking.”
what it means to be avant-garde [excerpt]
and i was thinking about this while i was flying toward iowa and thinking about how everyone was going to be trying to locate the avant-garde and about how almost everyone was going to agree that it would involve either shocking or making it new and and that i was supposed to be talking about this too and i realized i was going to be confused because practically every role classically - Read rest of excerpt