Disappearing Ink
Poetry at the End of Print Culture
by Dana Gioia 
 
The poet who authored Can Poetry Matter? presents another searching analysis of his profession that explores the line between traditional written poetry and the "looser" oral conventions of slam and hip hop

In Disappearing Ink, Dana Gioia stakes the claim for poetry's place amid American popular culture, where poetry in its latest oral forms -rap, slam, performance-is transforming the traditional literary culture of the printed page. But, as the seminal title essay asks, "What is a conscientious critic  supposed to do with an Eminem or Jay-Z?" In a brilliant array of essays that test the pulse of traditional and contemporary poetry, Gioia ponders the future of the written word and how it might find its most relevant incarnation. 

With the clarity, wit, and feisty intelligence that made Can Poetry Matter? one of the most important and controversial books about literature and contemporary American society, Gioia again demonstrates his unique abilities of observation and uncanny prognostication to examine our complicated everyday relationship to art. 


Disappearing Ink
Poetry at the End of Print Culture
by Dana Gioia 
Graywolf Press, 2004.
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