Selected Poems: Summer Knowledge
When this book was first published (as Summer Knowledge) in 1959.
Delmore Schwartz was still riding a crest, the golden boy of the literary scene—a position he had commanded ever since the appearance of his first collection of stories and poems in 1938. Summer Knowledge won for him both the prestigious Bollingen Prize in Poetry and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Me
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I found out about this guy as a reference point of Lou Reed.
I dug into the book and was hooked for life.
This guy wrote so beautifully, it's almost everyday speech with some modernism and assorted philosophy thrown in for kicks.
Very underrated and goes sadly unappreciated for most people.
Check out a piece I did on him: http://hansonmatthew.com/Site/Flak_De...
While that sounds unaccountably harsh, I'd also like to point out that if you like Eliot or the idea of modernism li ...more
The shorter lyrics in the first two segments of the book are also terrific. Especially the 2nd section, the fugues. "A dog named ego the snowflakes as kisses" is both a stunning examination of the nature of the mind, and a portrait of a simple sce ...more
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Has followed me since the black womb held,
Moves where I move, distorting my gesture,
A caricature, a swollen shadow,
A stupid clown of the spirit’s motive,
Perplexes and affronts with his own darkness,
The secret life of belly and bone,
Opaque, too near, my private, yet unknown,
Stretches to embrace the very dear
With whom I would walk without him near,
Touches her grossly, although a word
Would bare my heart and make me clear,
Stumbles, flounders, and strives to be fed
Dragging me with him in his mouthing care,
Amid the hundred million of his kind,
The scrimmage of appetite everywhere.”
Fade, like the red operas of sunset”