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Complete Prefaces

Complete Prefaces

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Published by Adam Fieled
This is the complete collection of the best of American poet Adam Fieled's Prefaces as of mid 2014. Cover image by Brueghel.
This is the complete collection of the best of American poet Adam Fieled's Prefaces as of mid 2014. Cover image by Brueghel.

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Published by: Adam Fieled on Jul 06, 2014
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COMPLETE PREFACES  Adam Fieled
 
PREFACES  Adam Fieled
 
Preface to Prefaces
Prefaces, we know, are set in place to create literary/aesthetic contexts. For poets to compose their own prefaces, some aptitude for prose writing is also necessary. Because I hold good prose in as high regard as I do good poetry, and also owing to the fact that extended prose narrative forms are usually not my forte (Letters to Dead Masters being an exception), prefaces are a place and a self-contained context-within-themselves for me to show off what prose muscle I have, and to do so in a purposeful manner. The muscle on display in these prefaces is also used to initiate and explore the possibilities of creating and consolidating historical narratives
 — 
 because I have something invested in the notion that  Aughts Philly/The Philadelphia Renaissance was a historical time/context, and this notion is supported by an established body of artistic work created by a group of younger artists (not merely me), it does not seem erroneous to believe that skillful, truth-consonant prose in favor of this movement and moment might not be able to begin the work of documentation, anecdotal and otherwise. On the other hand, many of these prefaces were written just for the
joy of exploration itself, the will to retrieve “le mot juste” for whatever the main literary
course might be. The gesture of collating these prefaces and releasing them together as a gestalt is also an act of joy and affirmation for me
 — 
 not only because this collection assists me in understanding myself, but because I have an intuition that my audience may feel they know me better after reading and assimilating this collection too.  Adam Fieled, 6-14

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