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‘on-fold worldly-cares’: Metrical Cookery with Bill Griffiths

Virtanen, Juha (2014) ‘on-fold worldly-cares’: Metrical Cookery with Bill Griffiths. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, 6 (1). pp. 85-100. ISSN 1758-2733. E-ISSN 1758-972X. (KAR id:54953)


This article closely examines Bill Griffiths’ fugitive pamphlet Metrical Cookery, published through his Amra Imprint in 1991. Considering the anecdotes regarding Griffiths’ diet, a sequence about cooking seems like a peculiar subject matter, but this article seeks to demonstrate that underneath the domestic exterior of the poems, the poet is in fact conducting a sociopolitical interrogation of the ‘illogical’ and ‘arbitrary’ premises of hierarchy and power, and ultimately presents a challenge to these systems of societal exclusion. This analysis is approached with reference to other Amra publications from 1991; Marx’s concept of alienated labour; as well as studies into the social anthropology of cooking and eating. The article also makes reference to Vaneigem’s The Revolution of Everyday Life, along with briefer discussions of works by both Adorno and Bu?rger. Ultimately, the article suggests that the poems of Metrical Cookery are a refusal of constraints that is enacted through the familiarity of its subject matter, which allows Griffiths to explore – if only on an aesthetic level – alternative modes of solidarity and sociality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: alienation, autonomy, cooking, Bill Griffiths, small press publishing, sociality
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN80 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Juha Virtanen
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 13:26 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 03:33 UTC
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