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Author: Charles Olson; Robert Creeley
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1993.
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Charles Olson, the poet who coined the word post-modern and helped shape the generation that would emerge under its mantle, is known for the immense range of his intellectual and poetic reach. Here, in this selection by Robert Creeley, Olson's personal friend and literary ally, is the more "intimate order" of the poet who sought to embrace all of history and human thought.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Olson; Robert Creeley
ISBN: 0520075285 9780520075283
OCLC Number: 26159909
Notes: "A Centennial book"--Half t.p.
Includes index.
Description: xx, 225 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Move Over --
La Chute --
The Kingfishers --
At Yorktown --
In Cold Hell, in Thicket --
For Sappho, Back --
The Moon Is the Number 18 --
To Gerhardt, There, Among Europe's Things of Which He Has Written Us in His "Brief an Creeley und Olson" --
The Ring of --
An Ode on Nativity --
The Thing Was Moving --
Merce of Egypt --
The Death of Europe --
A Newly Discovered 'Homeric' Hymn --
"The chain of memory is resurrection . . ." --
As the Dead Prey Upon Us --
Variations Done for Gerald Van De Wiele --
The Librarian --
Moonset, Gloucester, December 1, 1957, 1:58 AM --
The Song --
The Distances --
Crossed-Legged, the Spider and the Web --
May 31, 1961 --
The Lamp --
"As snow lies on the hill . . ." --
"the Heart is a clock . . ." --
Maximus, to himself --
The Twist --
a Plantation a beginning --
Maximus, to Gloucester --
Some Good News --
John Burke --
April Today Main Street --
MAXIMUS, FROM DOGTOWN - I --
Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld] --
Maximus Letter # whatever --
Maximus, at the Harbor. A Later Note on Letter # 15 --
CHRONICLES --
THE GULF OF MAINE --
"And now let all the ships come in . . ." --
"'at the boundary of the mighty world' . . ." --
"I looked up and saw . . ." --
"having descried the nation . . ." --
"Main Street / is deserted . . ." --
"Imbued / with the light . . ." --
West Gloucester --
Stevens song --
Maximus to himself June 1964 --
COLE'S ISLAND --
Maximus, in Gloucester Sunday, LXV --
"Swimming through the air, in schools upon the highways . . ." --
Maximus of Gloucester --
"I have been an ability - a machine . . ." --
"Bottled up for days . . ." --
Got me home, the light snow gives the air, falling --
"When do poppies bloom . . ." --
"The hour of evening . . ." --
"The boats' lights in the dawn now going so swiftly . . ." --
"Out of the light of Heaven . . ." --
Hotel Steinplatz, Berlin, December 25 (1966) --
Celestial evening, October 1967 --
The Telesphere --
"Added to / making a Republic . . ." --
"Wholly absorbed . . .". "I live underneath / the light of day . . ." --
"the Blow is Creation . . ."
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Charles Olson ; edited by Robert Creeley.
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Charles Olson, the poet who coined the word post-modern and helped shape the generation that would emerge under its mantle, is known for the immense range of his intellectual and poetic reach. Here, in this selection by Robert Creeley, Olson's personal friend and literary ally, is the more "intimate order" of the poet who sought to embrace all of history and human thought.

Olson came from working-class immigrant roots in a Massachusetts mill town. A scholar of profound originality and vision, he worked for Roosevelt's administration during the war years, then at Black Mountain, the prototypical experimental college and enclave of avantgarde writers and artists. In 1957 he settled in Gloucester, a town on the shore north of Boston where he had spent summers as a child.

It was Gloucester, with its richness of history and human use, that provided the ground of The Maximus Poems, begun as letters some years before and which over the next two decades grew into a masterwork of epic dimensions.

From the more than three hundred poems making up The Maximus Poems and the comparable number in Olson's Collected Poems, Creeley's selection makes available for the first time an essential sampling of Olson's poetry.

Included are paradigmatic early works like "The Kingfishers," which Guy Davenport called "the most modern of American poems, the most energetically influential text in the last thirty-five years," as well as familiar pieces from Maximus like "Maximus, to Gloucester" and "Celestial Evening." Also represented are less known poems, such as "The chain of memory is resurrection" and "The Lamp," works that reveal a more personal side of this major American poet.

Together these poems demonstrate Olson's genius and grace, a poet as at home in Gloucester as in the cosmos, a reckoner with dreams and myths, and "Western man at the limit of himself."

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