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Oct 14, 2007 W.B. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to know "how far are those poets willing to go?"
Coolidge hit his stride right around these years, I believe. This book is a bit of mindfuck. The work oscillates between being realized philosophies (reifications) and polymorphous perverse sensuality. Sort of a Stevensian transposition into the eighties in other words. Few poets could pull that off, but C.C. did here. You want an elegy, a fuck poem, a Bergsonian poem, a death poem, a birth poem?...make up your grocery list and whatever it is you'll find this is one-stop shopping.
Coolidge attended Brown University, where his father taught in the music department. After moving to New York City in the early 1960s, Coolidge cultivated links with Ted Berrigan and Bernadette Mayer. Often associated with the Language School his experience as a jazz drummer and interest in a wide array of subjects including caves, geology, bebop, weather, Salvador Dalí, Jack Kerouac and movies, C ...moreMore about Clark Coolidge...