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Seth Abramson is an Assistant Professor of English in Manchester, New Hampshire, at a college of the University of New Hampshire. He is also a poet, editor, attorney, and journalist.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Abramson is the author of five collections of poetry, including Metamericana (BlazeVOX, 2015); Thievery (University of Akron Press, 2013), winner of the 2012 Akron Poetry Prize; and Northerners (Western Michigan University Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose. His poetry and prose have appeared in The Washington Post, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Philadelphia Review of Books, Fence, Best New Poets (University of Virginia Press), and elsewhere. An essayist and film/TV reviewer for Indiewire, he is also Series Co-Editor for Best American Experimental Writing, whose second edition will be published by Wesleyan University Press in the fall of 2015.

From 2001 to 2007, he was an attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender.

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Metamodern Literature and the Metaverse

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 12:48 PM

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Above: A map based upon David Foster Wallace's metamodern novel Infinite Jest.

The term "metamodernism" first appeared in 1975, in a scholarly article by Mas'ud Zavarzadeh that focused its attention on 1970s domestic politics, a...

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The Metamodernist Manifesto

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 2:44 PM

What I'm describing is at once entirely scientific and the stuff of fantasy.

Last night I saved two people from being swept up in a tornado. It wasn't the largest tornado I've ever seen, or even the largest tornado I've ever imagined, but it was without question...

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New Book Erases the Boundary Between Poetry and Nonfiction

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:36 AM

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Poets Amaranth Borsuk and Andy Fitch recently released a fantastic collaborative book entitled As We Know. Published by Subito Press and distributed by Small Press Distribution, As We Know is a masterpiece of cross-genre exploration by two artists at...

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The Controversial Philosophy Behind Franco's The Interview

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 9:22 AM

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Many people awoke this morning (December 18th) stunned to discover that not only had North Korea been "centrally involved" in hackers threatening a "9/11-style attack" on U.S. soil in protest of the James Franco film The Interview, but in fact Sony...

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4 More Reasons Wisconsin Should Make the College Football Playoff

(43) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 11:32 AM

A couple days ago, I posted an argument for the Wisconsin Badgers making the inaugural College Football Playoff if they beat Ohio State on Saturday. The article drew a wide readership and many strong responses, a majority of which were along the lines of, "Wisconsin has no place...

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6 Reasons Wisconsin Should Make the College Football Playoff

(63) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 4:24 PM

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On November 26th, the nation's highest-profile pollster -- Nate Silver of the New York Times -- gave ten teams a better chance of making the inaugural College Football Playoff than University of Wisconsin. Of course, it's really just seven teams; the...

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This Three-Word Poem By Jesse Damiani Just Changed Everything

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 2:57 PM

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Several days ago, I received permission from colleague and poet Jesse Damiani to republish his extraordinary poem "Knock Knock" on Ink Node, a publishing platform for literary artists. I asked to republish the poem because I was struck by both its...

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Can the Trolling of Media Outlets Revitalize American Poetry?

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Earlier this year, Vice ran the following headline above a story on the operation of creative minds: "Liars and Cheaters Make Better Art." The story linked to a study showing that "creative people are generally more dishonest than uncreative people." Whatever one thinks of either the Vice headline...

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Metamodernism: The Basics III

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 10:04 PM

{NB: Below is the third part of a multi-part essay; the first part can be found here, and the second part can be found here. This essay was written in response to a call by Timothy Green, editor of the literary magazine Rattle, for literary metamodernists,...

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Metamodernism: The Basics II

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:22 PM

{NB: Below is the second part of a multi-part essay; the first part can be found here. This essay was written in response to a call by Timothy Green, editor of the literary magazine Rattle, for literary metamodernists, and this author in particular, to be clearer about what...

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Metamodernism: The Basics

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 2:42 PM

{NB: The below was written in response to a call by Timothy Green, editor of the literary magazine Rattle, for literary metamodernists, and this author in particular, to be clearer about what metamodernism means and intends.}

We live in a time in which we feel very isolated....

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The State of Risk in PoMo Verse (Part 2)

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 10:06 AM

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{NB: Part 1 of this essay can be found here.}

We can analogize the cyclical nature of the three eternal cultural paradigms (modernism, postmodernism, and metamodernism) to a mountain climber climbing a mountain comprising a series of ledges. Because we're speaking...

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The State of Risk in PoMo Verse

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:02 PM

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In Cheap Signaling -- a serious and important study of poetic diction in the avant-garde -- Daniel Tiffany posits a revolutionary poetics without positing, too, a paradigm shift away from postmodernism. The result is an imagined coterie of poets and an...

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The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part V)

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 4:37 PM

{Below is the fifth and final part of the second in a series of articles exploring a sphere of thought within metamodernism known as "transcendent metamodernism." Other spheres of thought within metamodernism include The New Sincerity, metamodern dada, "oscillatory" metamodernism, and a neo-Marxist metamodernism...

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The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part IV)

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:34 PM

{Below is Part IV of the second in a series of articles exploring a sphere of thought within metamodernism known as "transcendent metamodernism." Other spheres of thought within metamodernism include The New Sincerity, metamodern dada, "oscillatory" metamodernism, and a neo-Marxist metamodernism invested in discussions...

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The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part III)

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 4:40 PM

{Below is Part III of the second in a series of articles exploring a sphere of thought within metamodernism known as "transcendent metamodernism." Other spheres of thought within metamodernism include The New Sincerity, metamodern dada, "oscillatory" metamodernism, and a neo-Marxist metamodernism invested in discussions of how late capitalism produced the...

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The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part II)

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 10:01 AM

{Below is Part II of the second in a series of articles exploring the basic principles of a sphere of thought within metamodernism, "transcendent metamodernism." Other spheres of thought under the general heading of this cultural paradigm include The New Sincerity, metamodern dada, "oscillatory" metamodernism, and a neo-Marxist metamodernism invested...

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The Metamodernist Manifesto: After Postmodernism (Part I)

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:01 PM

{Below is Part I of the second in a series of articles exploring the basic principles of a sphere of thought within metamodernism, "transcendent metamodernism." Other spheres of thought under the general heading of this cultural paradigm include The New Sincerity, "oscillatory" metamodernism, and a neo-Marxist metamodernism invested in discussions...

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The Metamodernist Manifesto: The Rebirth of the Author

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 2:31 PM

For all its talk of the "death of the author" (Barthes) and the "iterability of the written mark" (Derrida), postmodernism still conceives of authorship as a physicalized gesture suspended in a single, discrete space-time continuum. Self-described "authors," in this view, habitually generate texts with intended recipients, and then invariably die...

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The Metamodern Intervention (II)

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:46 PM

{NB: Part I of this article can be found here. The below section is excerpted and reprinted with the permission of Aart Naaktgeboren, Catholic University of Utrecht, as well as Eeuw: Cultur in de Nederlanden in interdisciplinair perspectief. Internal citations omitted. Copyright 2012.}

While no more reducible to...

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