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Armenian Papers: Poems 1954-1984

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Armenian Papers is a selection of the poems of one of America's most important experimental writers, who has established a reputation not only as a poet but as the author of highly acclaimed novels such as The Conversions and Tlooth. The book reveals the organic nature of Mathew's thirty-year oeuvre by bringing together hard-to-find poems with other more familiar works, su ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published May 1st 1987 by Princeton University Press
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MJ Nicholls
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: merkins, poems, oulipians
A selection of high-class poetry from Harry Mathews, who is both an arch stylist from Princeton (from American nobility, no less) and an OuLiPo prankster capable of some sublimely erudite versifying. Sometimes his unforgiving (and smug) elitism impedes one’s pleasure in his novels, with the tedious bourgeois minutiae of The Journalist being a good example. Or the inscrutable structures and games in his early books, such as Tlooth. This collection demonstrates both parts of his character, and nat ...more
Max Nemtsov
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Нарративную поэзия все ж читать бывает рискованно, потому что велика вероятность не попасть в настроение или ситуацию автора, а проассоциироватьс себя с этим часто бывает невозможно, потому что автор у нас индивид, а не массовик-затейник. С лирикой тут проще, ибо эмоционально-сюжетный диапазон у нее узок и, в общем, всегда знаешь, чего ждать, тем паче если лирическое высказывание едино и цельно, а еще лучше - красиво и предсказуемо оформлено.
А тут нет, к тому же, если стихи эти собраны из разных
Roxanne Moadel-Attie
The title of this book is misleading. I thought it was written for or about Armenians. This was not the case.
J.M. Hushour
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Definitely no "Tlooth", but not bad. A little pushy with the turn-of-the-word, maybe. ...more
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Harry Mathews was an American author of various novels, volumes of poetry and short fiction, and essays.

Together with John Ashbery, James Schuyler, and Kenneth Koch, Mathews founded and edited the short-lived but influential literary journal Locus Solus (named after a novel by Raymond Roussel, one of Mathews's chief early influences) from 1961 to 1962.

Harry Mathews was the first American chosen fo

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