"Line Break" is the major work on poetry as social practice and a
must-read for anyone interested in contemporary criticism or
poetry. For many years, James Scully, along with others, quietly
radicalized American poetry -in theory and in practice, in how it
is lived as well as in how it is written. In eight provocative
essays, James Scully argues provocatively for artistic and cultural
practice that actively opposes structures of power too often
reinforced by intellectual activities.
"James Scully's essays, like his poems, refuse to soothe or
simplify, to shortchange either poetry or the imperative for social
revolution. His fiercely demystifying intelligence is grounded in
hope and realism for poetry in itself along with other forms of
dissident engagement."-Adrienne Rich
"Scully's brilliance is mesmerizing, radicalizing, a power plant
producing synapses in the mind politic' that may well allow
Americans, finally, to write and discourse with our kind around the
globe. If American poets have a role to play in preserving free
speech in the 21st century, this book belongs in our every
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