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This second edition of the late Robert Duncan's 'Selected Poems', first published in 1993, includes eleven additional poems and excerpts.
Paperback, New Directions Paperbook, 172 pages
Published April 17th 1997 by New Directions
(first published 1959)
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Duncan was an admirable artist that one can laud until the cows come home for his advocacy and revelatory writings on gay folks in America. Unfortunately, I don't find his poetry that engaging. Especially pre-, say, 1964. He has that strange Old World cant that Pound uses to some effect and that Saint-John Perse excelled at. Duncan's poetry is a little blander and only really gets interesting later in his career when he starts writing from the center, not out of Ovidian style.
This book was edited with some care, but it met with stiff skepticism upon its appearance, and there are several worthwhile criticisms: The book leaves out "An African Elegy," a crucial early Duncan poem that not only anticipates his whole approach to the pastoral, but was the poem that rated the ire of the New Critic John Crowe Ransom, who took back his acceptance (on behalf of The Kenyon Review) of the poem when Duncan "advertised" (Ransom's word) his homosexuality in the pages of Dwight Macdo ...more
This was pretty much my first exposure to Robert Duncan. i don't think i could have appreciated his work without understanding and identifying his dense attention to prosody. the discipline he affords his poetry may require a few rereads, but the depth of spirit it reveals is definitely worth it. as a modern poet, some of the subject matter contained in these works is very relevant today, particularly Duncan's bitter hostility towards the political and military machines defining and driving the ...more
Um dos mais proeminentes poetas americanos da segunda metade do século XX, Robert Duncan é aqui apresentado numa selecção interessante, extremamente diversa e bem demonstrativa das várias fases pelas quais a sua complexa linguagem terá passado. Dos poemas curtos de pendor mais clássico ao discurso denso de Ground Work, são muitas as referências a episódios ou personagens mitológicos, bem como a objectos, visões esotéricas ou fragmentos de obras de outros autores (Pound, Píndaro, Whitman, etc). U ...more