When language poetry broke on to the poetry scene in the late 1970’s it was introduced by a small group of poets who “shared a passionate devotion to the more avant-garde side of American poetry- to the experimental” (Epstein, 46). This poetry was not intended for the general audience, it was poetry intended as an “art for the happy few” (Epstein, 15) who were willing to engage in conversation with the literature they read. Language poets “demand[ed] a reader who [would] be an active participant rather than a passive consumer.” (Epstein, 47) It was this very opposition to the literary tradition that not only made it works targeted to a select f...
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