Notes on Conceptualisms
Notes on Conceptualisms

Robert Fitterman and Vanessa Place

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"the most ambitious & serious account of the dynamics underlying emergent poetics " — Ron Silliman

What is conceptual writing, how does it differ from Conceptual Art, what are some of the dominant forms of conceptualism,where does an impure or hybrid conceptualism fit in, what about the baroque, what about the prosody of procedure, what are the links between appropriation and conceptual writing, how does conceptual writing rely on a new way of reading, a “thinkership” that can shift the focus away from the text and onto the concept, what is the relationship between conceptual writing and technology or information culture, and why has this tendency taken hold in the poetry community now? What follows, then, is a collection of notes, aphorisms, quotes and inquiries on conceptual writing. We have co-authored this text through correspondence, shared reading interests, and similar explorations. Notes on Conceptualisms is far from a definitive text, and much closer to a primer, a purposefully incomplete starting place, where readers, hopefully, can enter so as to participate.

About the Author

Robert Fitterman and Vanessa Place

Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including No, Wait Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, Veer 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). His long poem Metropolis, has been published in 4 separate volumes. Rob’s Word Shop — an artist's book based on a durational performance project — is forthcoming from UDP in 2015. He is the founder of Collective Task, a collective of over 30 international artists and writers who complete monthly “tasks” assigned by its members. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.  

Vanessa Place was the first poet to perform as part of the Whitney Biennial; a content advisory was posted.

Advance Praise

But it's a book you're going to want to carry around with you as you go about your daily business, being the most ambitious & serious account of the dynamics underlying emergent poetics in the United States I've encountered in years.—RON SILLIMAN
For those not familiar with conceptualist practices in poetry, I can recommend few better places to start than Notes on Conceptualisms. —THOM DONOVAN, BOMBLOG
The petite, wallet-sized book fits perfectly to that impulse that the tree, in fact, did fall in the forest. And, you should go see where the hell it fell.—KEN L. Walker, COLDFRONT