The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan / Edition 1

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This collection brings Ted Berrigan's published and unpublished poetry together in a single authoritative volume for the first time. Edited by the poet Alice Notley, Berrigan's second wife, and their two sons, The Collected Poems demonstrates the remarkable range, power, and importance of Berrigan's work. This volume makes Berrigan's achievement widely accessible and includes the first presentation of the sequence Easter Monday as a whole and in the order authorized by Berrigan shortly before his death.
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A true labor of love, this beautiful edition is the definitive collection of the late Ted Berrigan’s poetry. Notable for the inclusion of many poems long out of print, as well as several never before published, the anthology was meticulously edited by Berrigan’s wife, Alice Notley, and their two sons -- all three of them poets in their own right.
Publishers Weekly
More than 20 years in preparation, this is a major volume of 20th-century American poetry, bringing together everything that the Providence, R.I.-born Berrigan (1934-1983) would or could have published. Notley (Disobedience, etc.), Berrigan's second wife, and their two sons (both poets) have meticulously re-edited Berrigan's books-he took the book as a real unit of composition-incorporating late drafts and fixes, and carefully re-formatting his very intentionally spaced open field verse. Just as importantly, they have sifted out the chaff from the super-productive Berrigan's oeuvre. Most poetry readers know The Sonnets (1964), Berrigan's brilliant adaptation of Burroughsian cut-ups; they are as fresh, funny and targeted today as were 40 years ago. Fewer, though, know the 11 other books (and many more chapbooks) he published, each one deepening the addresses to friends, lovers, strangers and places (especially New York) around which he structured some very complex, very beautiful, often very delirious and very funny quarrels with people and language, with time and with space. Berrigan was a notoriously charismatic reader, teacher and participant in the community that developed around the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church; his persona has been cited as often as his poems. This book closes the gap once and for all. (Nov. 14) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520239869
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/14/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 758
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Berrigan (1934-1983) was the author of more than 20 books, including The Sonnets (1964); Bean Spasms, with Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard (1967); Red Wagon (1976); and A Certain Slant of Sunlight (1988). Alice Notley is the editor of two of Ted Berrigan's books, The Sonnets (2000) and A Certain Slant of Sunlight (1988). She is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Mysteries of Small Houses (1998) and Disobedience (2001). Anselm Berrigan is the director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project and the author of Zero Star Hotel (2002). Edmund Berrigan is a poet and songwriter and the author of Disarming Matter (1999).

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Table of Contents

The sonnets 27
Great stories of the chair 77
The secret life of Ford Madox Ford 79
Great stories of the chair 88
A boke 98
Many happy returns 113
In the early morning rain 165
Train ride 241
Memorial day 287
Short poems 315
In a blue river 317
Uncollected short poems 337
Red wagon 349
Easter Monday 389
Nothing for you 427
In the 51st state 511
In the 51st state 513
The morning line 525
Uncollected poems 542
A certain slant of sunlight 565
A certain slant of sunlight : out-takes 617
Last poems 635
Early uncollected poems 651
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