“Homosexual Advertising”: Gay Subjectivity, Modernist Form, and Robert Duncan’s The Venice Poem

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


Stories told after the fact are often apocryphal reminders of another kind of self-fashioning. When Greenblatt reminds us of the social nature of language as construction—and our identities within that framework as likewise constructs of “public signification”—he takes us to the heart of an inquiry into poetic making. Interpretation that follows the acts of the text predisposes us to a ceremonial affliction: we grasp at the contexts that no longer exist except as memorabilia of a text’s signification. The man or woman who was there is forever absent: a sign of someone we come back to, again.


Beautiful Thing Notebook Entry Poetic Text Young Poet American Poetry 
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