Selected Poems of Charles OlsonSelected Poems of Charles Olson

Charles Olson Robert Creeley. Summers, the Olsons would share with like families the various housing which permitted them all to get out of inland industrial cities as Worcester to the proverbial seashore Gloucester provided.

Author: Charles Olson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520212329


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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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AM Charles Olson , Archaeologist of Morning ( London : Cape Goliard / Grossman , 1970 ) . AP Charles Olson , Additional Prose , ed . George F. Butterick ( Bolinas : Four Seasons Foundation , 1974 ) . CM Charles Olson , Causal Mythology ...

Author: Robert Von Hallberg

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674111303


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Presents information about American poet Charles John Olson (1910-1970) and his works, compiled as part of the Electronic Poetry Center of the Department of English and the University Libraries at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Offers access to essays, reviews, and manuscripts.

Charles Olson s ReadingCharles Olson s Reading

Creeley Correspondence George F. Butterick , ed . , Charles Olson and Robert Creeley : The Complete Correspondence , vols . 1-8 ( Santa Barbara : Black Sparrow Press , 1980–87 ) . Vol . 9 edited by Richard Blevins ( 1990 ) .

Author: Ralph Maud

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809319950


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Maud (English, Simon Fraser U.) offers a narrative account of the life and work of poet Charles Olson, focusing on the poet's lifelong reading material as a basis for understanding his work. Drawing on an annotated listing of his library, as well as his childhood books and poetry by his contemporaries, he links the books to the poet's intellectual and poetic development at each stage of his career. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Collected Poems of Charles OlsonThe Collected Poems of Charles Olson

Excluding the <i>Maximus</i> Poems Charles Olson George F. Butterick. when there is an overlap — as in the case of " La Preface , " which is in Y & X and In Cold Hell but not in The Distances , or " Other Than " and the other twelve ...

Author: Charles Olson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520920414


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A seminal figure in post-World War II literature, Charles Olson (1910-1970) has helped define the postmodern sensibility. His poetry is marked by an almost limitless range of interest and extraordinary depth of feeling. Olson's themes are among the largest conceivable: empowering love, political responsibility, historical discovery and cultural reckoning, the wisdom of dreams and the transformation of consciousness—all carried in a voice both intimate and grand, American and timeless, impassioned and coolly demanding. Until recently, Olson's reputation as a major figure in American literature has rested primarily on his theoretical writings and his epic work, the Maximus Poems. With The Collected Poems an even more impressive Olson emerges. This volume brings together all of Olson's work and extends the poetic accomplishment that influenced a generation. Charles Olson was praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors. He was declared by William Carlos Williams to be "a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me." His indispensable essays, "Projective Verse" and "Human Universe," and his study of Melville, Call Me Ishmael, remain as fresh today as when they were written.

A Guide to the Maximus Poems of Charles OlsonA Guide to the Maximus Poems of Charles Olson

partisan politics and be primarily a " writer , " Olson had proposed a long poem for himself to be titled , simply , West — meaning the entire Western World of which the American West was an imaginative and geographical culmination .

Author: George F. Butterick

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520042700


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00 Praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors, Charles Olson (1910-1970) was declared by William Carlos Williams to be "a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me." This complete edition brings together the three volumes of Olson's long poem (originally published in 1960, 1968, and 1975) in an authoritative version. Praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors, Charles Olson (1910-1970) was declared by William Carlos Williams to be "a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me." This complete edition brings together the three volumes of Olson's long poem (originally published in 1960, 1968, and 1975) in an authoritative version.

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Foreword The briefest survey will reveal that until now Charles Olson has not been given the serious critical attention his poetry and poetics demand. Many of the earlier critics, too close in time, were unable to clearly distinguish ...

Author: Paul Christensen

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292739987


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Charles Olson was an important force behind the raucous, explicit, jaunty style of much of twentieth-century poetry in America. This study makes a major contribution to our understanding of his life and work. Paul Christensen draws upon a wide variety of source materials—from letters, unpublished essays, and fragments and sketches from the Olson Archives to the full range of Olson's published prose and poetry. Under Christensen's critical examination, Olson emerges as a stunning theorist and poet, whose erratic and often unfinished writings obscured his provocative intellect and the coherence of his perspective on the arts. Soon after World War II, Olson emerged as one of America's leading poets with his revolutionary document on poetics, "Projective Verse," and his now-classic poem, "The Kingfishers," both of which declared a new set of techniques for verse composition. Throughout the 1950s Olson wrote many polemical essays on literature, history, aesthetics, and philosophy that outlined a new stance to experience he called objectism. A firm advocate of spontaneous self-expression in the arts, Olson regarded the poet's return to an intense declaration of individuality as a force to combat the decade's insistence on conformity. Throughout his life Olson fought against the depersonalization of the artist in the modern age; his resources, raw verve and unedited tumultuous lyricism, were weapons he used against generalized life and identity. This volume begins with an overview of Olson's life from his early years as a student at Harvard through his short-lived political career, his rectorship at Black Mountain College, and his retirement to Gloucester to finish writing the Maximus poems. Christensen provides a systematic review of Olson's prose works, including a close examination of his brilliant monograph on Melville, Call Me Ishmael. Considerable attention is devoted to Olson's theory of projectivism, the themes and techniques of his short poems, and the strategies and content of his major work, the Maximus series. In addition, there is a critical survey of the works of Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Paul Blackburn, and other poets who show Olson's influence in their own innovative, self-exploratory poetry.

Staying Open Charles Olson s Sources and InfluencesStaying Open Charles Olson s Sources and Influences

Olson, Charles. The Maximus Poems. Edited by George F. Butterick. California: University of California Press, 1983. Olson, Charles. “The Art of Writing in the Context of Post-Modern Man.” Olson: The Journal of the Charles Olson Archives ...

Author: Joshua Hoeynck

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622735730


Page: 322

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“Staying Open, Charles Olson’s Sources and Influences” investigates the inter-disciplinary influences on the work of the mid-Century American poet, Charles Olson. This edited collection of essays covers Olson’s diverse non-literary interests, including his engagement with the music of John Cage and Pierre Boulez, his interests in abstract expressionism, and his readings of philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. The essays also examine Olson’s pedagogy, which he developed in the experimental environment at Black Mountain College, as well as his six-month archeological journey through the Yucatan Peninsula in 1950 to explore the culture of the Maya. This book will, therefore, be a strong research aid to scholars working in diverse fields – music, archeology, pedagogy, philosophy, art, and psychology – as it outlines methods for close inter-disciplinary work that can uncover the mechanics of Olson’s creative, literary processes. Building on the straightforward scholarship of George Butterick, whose Guide to the Maximus Poems remains indispensable for readers of Olson’s work, the essays in this volume will also guide readers through the thick allusions within The Maximus Poems itself. New interest in the wide-ranging and non-literary nature of Olson’s thought in several recent academic works makes this book both timely and necessary. Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After by Peter Middleton as well as Contemporary Olson edited by David Herd have started the process of uncovering the extent to which Olson’s inter-disciplinary interests inflected his poetic compositions. “Staying Open” extends the preliminary investigations of Olson’s non-literary sources in those volumes by bringing together a community of scholars working across disciplines and within a wide variety of humanistic concerns.

Charles Olson and American ModernismCharles Olson and American Modernism

Charles Olson's Reading: A Biography. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996. Maud, Ralph. What Does Not Change: The Significance of Charles Olson's The Kingfishers. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1998.

Author: Mark Byers

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198813255


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This volume situates the work of American poet Charles Olson (1910-1970) at the centre of the early post-war American avant-garde. It shows Olson to have been one of the major advocates and theorists of American modernism in the late 1940s and early 1950s; a poet who responded fully and variously to the political, ethical, and aesthetic urgencies driving innovation across contemporary American art. Reading Olson's work alongside that of contemporaries associated with the New York Schools of painting and music (as well as the exiled Frankfurt School), the book draws on Olson's published and unpublished writings to establish an original account of early post-war American modernism. The development of Olson's work is seen to illustrate two primary drivers of formal innovation in the period: the evolution of a new model of political action pivoting around the radical individual and, relatedly, a powerful new critique of instrumental reason and the Enlightenment tradition. Drawing on extensive archival research and featuring readings of a wide range of artists including, prominently, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, David Smith, Wolfgang Paalen, and John Cage, Charles Olson and American Modernism offers a new reading of a major American poet and an original account of the emergence of post-war American modernism.

Edward Dorn Charles Olson and the American WestEdward Dorn Charles Olson and the American West

Charles Olson and Alfred North Whitehead: An Essay on Poetry. Trans. Batya Stein. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2004. Breslin, James E. B. Mark Rothko: A Biography. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2012: 327, 240. Butterick, George F. “Charles ...

Author: Paul Varner

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527548428


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This book examines the poetics of the 20th-century American West depicted by Edward Dorn through the influence and inspiration of his Black Mountain College mentor and fellow poet Charles Olson. It considers some of the most important and challenging poetic representations of the 20th-century American West to come out of the Beat Movement and avant-garde literary scene.