Library Journal - Library JournalMore agreeable than Ezra Pound, more difficult than William Carlos Williams, Zukofsky has drawn fewer acolytes than either despite similar achievement. His mighty ``A , '' as imposing as the Cantos or Patterson , is surrounded by the foothills assembled in this collection (the first since his death). Some are ``short'' only in comparison to the 800-page ``A , '' others as short as this: ``The men in the kitchens/ The women in the foundries/ The children in the wars/ The old men at the boundaries.'' Zukofsky, for whom poetry ``has a sense for everything,'' packed his lean verse unexpectedly full. In the Short Poetry we see most of all his attraction to natural history, his reverence for music and sense of occasion. His Catullus recalls an era of translations overwhelmed by theory, in this case sound-matching. A sample line: ``Jupiter, what wrested luminous eye wipe manner!'' Though passages like this are rough going, the whole stands solid, the legacy of a great American innovator.-- Rob Schmieder, Boston
Booknews**** The first edition (1985) is cited in BCL3. A collection of stories and sketches, annotated and arranged chronologically. This edition includes a substantial amount of new material. Gathers all of the late experimentalist's poetry outside his 800-page magnum opus entitled the collected shorter 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. The foreword is by Robert Creeley. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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