Selected Poems of Charles Olson

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University of California Press, 27.09.1993 - 224 Seiten
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"I have assumed a great deal in the selection of the poems from such a large and various number, making them a discourse unavoidably my own as well as any Olson himself might have chosen to offer. I had finally no advice but the long held habit of our using one another, during his life, to act as a measure, a bearing, an unabashed response to what either might write or say."—Robert Creeley

A seminal figure in post-World War II literature, Charles Olson has helped define the postmodern sensibility. His poetry embraces themes of empowering love, political responsibility, the wisdom of dreams, the intellect as a unit of energy, the restoration of the archaic, and the transformation of consciousness—all carried in a voice both intimate and grand, American and timeless, impassioned and coolly demanding.

In this selection of some 70 poems, Robert Creeley has sought to present a personal reading of Charles Olson's decisive and inimitable work—"unequivocal instances of his genius"—over the many years of their friendship.
 

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Move Over
3
La Chute
4
The Kingfishers
5
At Yorktown
13
In Cold Hell in Thicket
15
For Sappho Back
22
The Moon Is the Number 18
26
To Gerhardt There Among Europes Things of Which He Has Written Us in His Brief an Creeley und Olson
28
Maximus Letter whatever
150
Maximus at the Harbor
152
A Later Note on Letter 15
155
CHRONICLES
156
THE GULF OF MAINE
159
And now let all the ships come in
163
at the boundary of the mighty world
164
I looked up and saw
169

The Ring of
40
An Ode on Nativity
42
The Thing Was Moving
47
Merce of Egypt
51
The Death of Europe
54
A Newly Discovered Homeric Hymn
63
The chain of memory is resurrection
65
As the Dead Prey Upon Us
72
Variations Done for Gerald Van De Wiele
81
The Librarian
86
58 AM
89
The Song
90
The Distances
91
CrossLegged the Spider and the Web
94
May 31 1961
95
The Lamp
96
As snow lies on the hill
97
the Heart is a clock
98
Maximus to himself
101
The Twist
104
a Plantation a beginning
110
Maximus to Gloucester
114
Some Good News
117
John Burke
128
April Today Main Street
132
MAXIMUS FROM DOGTOWNI
139
Maximus to Gloucester Letter 27 withheld
147
having descried the nation
170
Main Street is deserted
171
Imbued with the light
175
West Gloucester
176
Stevens song
178
Maximus to himself June 1964
185
COLES ISLAND
186
Maximus in Gloucester Sunday LXV
189
Swimming through the air in schools upon the highways
191
Maximus of Gloucester
192
I have been an abilitya machine
193
Bottled up for days
200
Got me home the light snow gives the air falling
201
When do poppies bloom
203
The hour of evening
204
The boats lights in the dawn now going so swiftly
209
Out of the light of Heaven
212
Hotel Steinplatz Berlin December 25 1966
213
Celestial evening October 1967
215
The Telesphere
217
Added to making a Republic
218
Wholly absorbed
219
I live underneath the light of day
220
the Blow is Creation
221
Index of First Lines
223
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Über den Autor (1993)

Charles Olson (1910-1970) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. His first career was in politics, but he soon turned to writing and by the late Forties his work had received major attention. He was writing teacher and then rector at Black Mountain College, where Robert Creeley came to teach as well. Iconoclastic and controversial, Olson, along with Creeley, launched a postmodern, free-verse revolution, and his work opened new pathways in thought and language to a generation of dissident writers. Other volumes of Charles Olson's poetry are published by the University of California Press: The Maximus Poems (1983) and The Collected Poems of Charles Olson (1987).
Robert Creeley has long been an advocate of Charles Olson's work. Nine volumes of their correspondence have been published by Black Sparrow Press. The University of California Press publishes The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982), his Collected Prose (1988), Collected Essays (1989), and Selected Poems (1991).

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