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Improvisation and Literature: A Brief Guide

Rob Wallace

Published: 2010-05-25

This article gives a general overview of the relationship between improvisation and literature by focusing on oral traditions, beat poetry, narrative representations of identity, and sound poetry, amongst other things. The article also includes a number of suggestions for further reading.

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If people talked the way they drummed in improvisation, then I think the world would be a lot nicer…

– Youth participant, ICASP improvisation workshop