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In the Hub of the Fiery Force: Collected Poems, 1934-2003
An acolyte of Whitman and Hart Crane, and companion and correspondent of W. H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas, and James Baldwin, Norse has never received his due as one of America's most innovative yet accessible poets. William Carlos Williams called Norse "the best poet of your generation" and pushed Norse toward his groundbreak ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published December 29th 2003 by Da Capo Press
(first published 2003)
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Bought this on a whim, though I'm not normally the hugest poetry fan. Though Norse typically gets lumped in with the Beat writers, and was to a certain extent affiliated with them, his material possesses a stronger emphasis on concrete imagery than it does on overt abstraction and rhythmic deconstruction. His sexuality is overt and his politics were worn on the sleeve, a combination that can prove refreshing for those (like me) who require something more tangible in their poetry, but can verge o ...more
Admired by Bukowksi, Burroughs, and William Carlos Williams, Norse has never received his due as a great poet of the American idiom. Concrete imagery, overt sexuality, and unapologetic politics define his work. His fusion of eroticism and political earnestness anticipate the work of David Wojnarowicz.(check out CLOSE TO THE KNIVES) If you find most poetry insipid, dull, and completely uninspiring, Norse's impassioned voice will be a jolt to your senses. As one critic quipped, if Norse were Frenc ...more
There is no doubt that Norse is a good poet, but I'm not a fan of large clumsy "collected poems" books. This one is organized in such a haphazard manner that I will probably never finish it. Perhaps if they divided up the poems by books, or maybe even by dates written. Instead, there seems to be no design to their order. Its not enough to simply divide the poems between "published" and "unpublished" as if that means something. I'd like to seek out the original books myself, but there isn't even ...more
Harold Norse was an American writer, openly gay, who created a body of work using the American idiom of everyday language and images. One of the expatriate artists of the Beat generation, Norse was widely published and anthologized.