Complete Short Poetry

Complete Short Poetry

by Louis Zukofsky, Zukofsky
     
 

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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

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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."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
More 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801856563
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.88(h) x 1.01(d)

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