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Poems by Clark Coolidge with a cover by Jasper Johns.
hardback, 120 pages
Published 1970 by Harper & Row
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Eddie Watkins
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Space: I’m in Coolidge’s mind space digging on the various resonances of this simple word with the poetry contained within the book of this title. It helps that the epigraph is a direct transcription of a dictionary entry of SPACE. It’s an open word, capable of encompassing the specific and the unspecified. It is an emptiness but also a thing. It’s like the number “zero” in the realm of things. There is so much going on in this simple word that the dictionary entry could be a complete poem in ...more
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Apr 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
One of the things that can be specified when manually adding bks here is the "primary language". When entering bks like "SPACE" I hesitate to even say that that's English. But English it is, just an English that's so fragmented & syntactically screwed w/ that most people who read English wd find it incomprehensible.

I actually got my copy of this in a thrift store. Astounding. That's kept me looking thru bks in thrift stores for decades since. After all, there might be something as unique as
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Tristan
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
In the continued adventures of "I'm reading this because it's discussed in a work of literary criticism I want to be able to deeply understand" I've finished reading Clark Coolidge's SPACE. I probably got even less out of this than I got from Susan Howe's Pierce-Arrow, which was deeply confusing and difficult. Part of why I'm invested in this criticism is that I tend to dislike certain strands of avant-garde poetry (such as this, although I'm not giving it a rating lower than three, since I'm ...more
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Coolidge attended Brown University, where his father taught in the music department. After moving to New York City in the early 1960s, Coolidge cultivated links with Ted Berrigan and Bernadette Mayer. Often associated with the Language School his experience as a jazz drummer and interest in a wide array of subjects including caves, geology, bebop, weather, Salvador Dalí, Jack Kerouac and movies, ...more
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