Complete Short Poetry
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Publication Date:1991
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The American poet Louis Zukofsky received little public attention during his lifetime, though he was regarded by his literary contemporaries as one of the finest writers in the United States. Now in paperback, Complete Short Poetry gathers all of Zukofsky's poetry outside his 800-page magnum opus entitled " A"--including work that appeared in All: The Collected Short Poems, 1923-1964, the experimental transliteration (with Celia Zukofsky) of Catullus, the limited edition 80 Flowers, as well as several fugitive pieces never before collected.
"Zukofsky is the American Mallarmé," writes Hugh Kenner, "and given the peculiar intentness of the American preoccupation with language--obsessive, despite what you may read in the newspapers--his work is more disorienting by far than his exemplar's ever was. Mallarmé had a long poetic tradition from which to deviate into philology. Zukofsky received a philological tradition, which he raised to a higher power."
Louis Zukofsky was a writer's writer. Largely ignored by the general reading public, he counted Kenneth Rexroth and William Carlos Williams among his admirers, and the Beloit Literary Journal insists that his poems are "essential for anyone hoping to understand the whole modern movement, especially the Objectivist branch." This complete collection of Zukofsky's short poems gives readers a good sense of what all the fuss was about. Zukofsky's great gift was in finding the words to let the moment tell itself, as in "A Song for the Year's End": "Daughter of music / and her sweet son / so that none rule / the dew to his own hurt / with the year's last sigh / awake / the starry sky and bird." The visuals create a collage effect, so that the poem's rhythms move the same way one's eyes move in viewing a collage: from details to the overall impression and back, in a continuous cycle. The collection of pieces based on various flowers is especially beautiful and melodic.
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