[New-Poetry] My Book on the Taxonomy of Poetry
bobgrumman at nut-n-but.net
Tue Dec 28 15:58:14 EST 2010
20 pages. Cost of production aside from labor: $1.50. Cost of postage:
$.78 (in U.S.). Price to you: zero if you e.mail me that you want a
copy and give me your mailing address. Offer good until 1 April 2011 or
I run out of books, and there's no chance of that as there will be over
ten copies in print.
Interesting details about the book: The highest category (the
"universe") in my taxonomy is Existence. "Poetry" is several steps
down. I define poetry with extreme precision, but the definition is not
very radical--basically that poetry is words and lineation, or some form
thereof. Its main defect is that it ends before classifying the kinds
of poetry at the most specialized taxonomical levels--so cowboy poetry
is not mentioned, nor linear-algebraic poetry. The title of the book is
/A Preliminary Taxonomy of Poetry/. I hope one day to do a much more
thorough one, but I'll need a lot more help than I got when trying to
list all the schools of contemporary American poetry.
Question: has anyone in this country ever tried to create a taxonomy of
poetry? My impression is that no one has, which reflects badly on our
literary critics much more than it reflects favorably on me.
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