Poetry and Work

Work in Modern and Contemporary Anglophone Poetry

  • Jo Lindsay Walton
  • Ed Luker

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Jo Lindsay Walton, Ed Luker
    Pages 1-68
  3. Essays

  4. Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. Catherine Wagner, with David Boeving, Sylvia Chan, Alex Cintron, Emily Corwin, Rachel Galvin et al.
      Pages 355-369
    3. Tyrone Williams
      Pages 371-373
    4. Amber DiPietra
      Pages 375-380
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 381-396

About this book


Poetry and Work offers a timely and much-needed re-examination of the relationship between work and poetry. The volume questions how lines are drawn between work and non-work, how social, political, and technological upheavals transform the nature of work, how work appears or hides within poetry, and asks if poetry is work, or play, or something else completely. The book interrogates whether poetry and avant-garde and experimental writing can provide models for work that is less alienated and more free. In this major new collection, sixteen scholars and poets draw on a lively array of theory and philosophy, archival research, fresh readings, and personal reflection in order to consider work and poetry: the work in poetry and the work of poetry. Individual chapters address issues such as the many professions, occupations, and tasks of poets beyond and around writing; poetry’s special relationship with ‘craft’; work's relationship with gender, class, race, disability, and sexuality; how work gets recognised or rendered invisible in aesthetic production and beyond; the work of poetry and the work of political activism and organising; and the notion of poetry itself as a space where work and play can blur, and where postwork imaginaries can be nurtured and explored.


work labor political economy economic humanities work in poetry labor in poetry Marxist literary criticism New Economic Criticism avant-garde poetry

Editors and affiliations

  • Jo Lindsay Walton
    • 1
  • Ed Luker
    • 2
  1. 1.Bath Spa UniversityBathUK
  2. 2.University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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