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Charles Olson at Goddard College
Literary Nonfiction. Poetics. Edited with an introduction by Kyle Schlesinger. Foreword by Basil King. In the spring of 1962, poet Charles Olson descended upon an experimental college in rural Vermont to read from The Maximus Poems and The Distances, and to lecture on Herman Melville. His captivating performance sparked lively debates with the audience on the nature of myt ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Cuneiform Press
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In particular, what makes this book so lively and thick with poetic fun is reading (hearing) Olson correct, adjust, and re-read portions of both his lecture and his own work. Also, this is a beautifully made book - ink that you can feel under your fingertips - and I'm a sucker for that for sure.
Charles Olson was a second generation American modernist poet who was a link between earlier figures such as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance. Consequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the Language School, include Olson as a primary and ...more