“Make It the Same rebuts the notion that formal word-games are a decadent first-world hobby. It is an empirically broad, thoughtfully constructed, well-written, timely book about an important subject: a technical ‘mode of production’ prominent in contemporary poetry, with its effects on content and reception.”
~Haun Saussy, author of The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and Its Technologies
April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, we are featuring Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media, by Jacob Edmond. The world is full of copies. This proliferation includes not just the copying that occurs online and the replication enabled by globalization but the works of avant-garde writers challenging cultural and political authority. In this work, Edmond examines the turn toward repetition in poetry, using the explosion of copying to offer a profoundly inventive account of modern and contemporary literature.
We’re beginning the week with this book giveaway. Come back on Wednesday to read a guest piece by Edmond in which he’ll discuss the virality of language, and on Thursday, to read the introduction to his book.