Dissent and Its Discontents in Cold War Poetry

My essay on “Dissent and Its Discontents in Cold War Poetry” has just been published in The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature. Below, I reproduce the introduction and conclusion to the essay: A full history of Cold War poetry would require nothing less than a comprehensive global account of the art form from the […]

Modernism/modernity reviews Make It the Same

Anatoly Detwyler has reviewed Make It the Same in the latest issue of Modernism/modernity. I’m deeply grateful to him for his careful and astute engagement with my work and for carrying on the conversation about the copy in contemporary literature and culture. The review begins: In Make It the Same, Jacob Edmond weaves discussions on […]

Make It the Same reviewed in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

I am extremely grateful to Vincenz Serrano for his extensive and perceptive review of Make It the Same in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Here’s how the review begins: In his chapter on Kamau Brathwaite in Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (2019), Jacob Edmond demonstrates how the Caribbean poet […]

LRO reviews Make It the Same

Make It the Same: Poetry in the age of global media is an important, fascinating and timely discussion of poetry of the iterative turn. Via a finely curated selection of poets and their work, Jacob Edmond compares the ideas ‘original’ and ‘copy’, offering insight into the iterative work of particular socio-geographical contexts that highlight, but […]

Verse Versus Virus

“Language is a virus from outer space,” wrote William Burroughs. It might seem wildly inappropriate to invoke this bizarre statement at a time when a real virus is infecting and killing thousands worldwide, upending the everyday lives of millions, and unsettling the global economy. And yet Burroughs gets at something important: certain ways of using […]

A tribute to Sean Bonney

With the world’s attention turned to the Covid-19 virus and to the mass sickness and death that it is causing and has the potential to cause, I want to pause briefly to dwell on the singularity of each life and in particular the life of the poet Sean Bonney, who died in November last year. […]

“a supremely creative and passionate scholarly approach”: Times Higher Ed. on Make It the Same

Martin Dyar has reviewed Make It the Same for Times Higher Education. The review begins: At first glance, the poetry that Jacob Edmond has written about in Make It the Same could appear to be precariously inclined towards abstruseness. And a significant number of the poets whose work is explored here have not been previously granted […]

“a radical contribution to poetry studies”: LARB reviews Make It the Same

The Los Angeles Review of Books has just published Walt Hunter’s review of Make It the Same. The review concludes: Edmond’s book makes a radical contribution to poetry studies. For Edmond, the agent of poetic change is not the individual, but rather the shifting collaboration between technology and politics that produces different kinds of copies. […]

Make It the Same interview on All Good Poems Wear Travelling Shoes

I had the great pleasure last week of speaking with Ian Loughran about Make It the Same on his wonderful radio programme All Good Poems Wear Travelling Shoes. The recording is now online. Click below to listen. https://d2j8uygm5y8062.cloudfront.net/StationFolder/otago/NZOA64k-All%20Good%20Poems%20-%202019-08-24.mp3

Tape as postcolonial medium

Make It the Same grows in part out of my fascination with the effect of new media on how poetry—and culture at large—is made. When I began the book, I was thinking for the most part of digital media. However, in the course of my research I became interested in how some of the changes […]

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