What’s Language Poetry?

Another Pop Quiz. Or another sonic experience. Whatevah, it’s Friday.

Which of the below are considered examples of language poetry?

1. Hugo Ball

2. Shooby Taylor

3. Gertrude Stein

4. Manfred Mann


  • Amanda Bea says:

    D: all of the above, in greater/lesser degrees.

  • spyder says:

    Just a very tiny quibble: If you are postulating the authorship of language poetry, then it might be a good thing to know that Bruce Springsteen wrote the song, and Manfred Man covered it a few years later….

  • Amaris says:

    I had no idea that The Boss wrote that song. Thanks, Spyder.

  • JaimeRWood says:

    Gertrude Stein is language for sure. Hugo Ball is surrealist, a predecessor to language poetry. The others, I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve never heard of.

  • Amaris says:

    Jaime, you’re right.
    Hugo Ball is a dada-ist.
    Shooby Taylor is “The Human Horn” (here’s a clip of him getting booed off the stage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MutYIgL4Gbk.
    Gertrud Stein reading her work just rocks. I used to put this poem on mix CDs. She’s a language poet.
    Manfred Mann is just a band. That song cracks me up, though–“And little Early-Pearly came by in his curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride.” Seriously? The rhymes are off the wall.

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