If you start by dipping into Perloff's readings of individual you might be disappointed. Not all readings feel right. But, she has successfully adapted Wittgenstein's conception of language games to an analysis of contemporary language poetry.
"What is the `right' poetry game to be played today?" she asks. Using Wittgenstein's "distrust of grammar" she presses her case for the demise of lyrical poetry and the growth of "ordinary language poetics".
The title of the book 'Wittgenstein's Ladder', seems to be is an allusion to Wittgenstein's climb from logic to metaphysics in his Tractatus Logicio-Philosophicus. Perhaps invoking the last sentence sentence of that book,… Read more