One-Man Boat: The George Hitchcock Reader

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Poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and interviews by George Hitchcock, a major American writer/editor of the 20th century.

Foreword by Philip Levine.

George Hitchcock was the outspoken editor/dictator of kayak, a literary magazine and press that introduced and influenced two generations of American writers and was, as Philip Levine notes in his Foreword, "ransacked with feverish anticipation."

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Poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and interviews by George Hitchcock, a major American writer/editor of the 20th century.

Foreword by Philip Levine.

George Hitchcock was the outspoken editor/dictator of kayak, a literary magazine and press that introduced and influenced two generations of American writers and was, as Philip Levine notes in his Foreword, "ransacked with feverish anticipation."

Hitchcock is himself an accomplished writer, and One-Man Boat: The George Hitchcock Reader is an eclectic and lively anthology celebrating his colorful oeuvre—surreal, political, and found poems; provocative plays and short stories; candid interviews, reviews, and essays; and his (in)famous (and comically subversive) testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, reprinted from the Congressional Record. ("That is a delightful question. Am I directed to answer it?")

Introduced by Philip Levine; illustrated by Hitchcock's notorious rejection slips; and including an in-the-trenches attack of kayak by Robert Bly (which Hitchcock solicited and published), One-Man Boat is proof positive that a life dedicated to the literary arts can be, in a word, bountiful.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586540227
  • Publisher: Story Line Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: "A Means of Transport"
Previously Uncollected Poems
Lead Kindly Light 3
The Quarrel 4
Vexatious Aphorisms 5
Saying Goodbye 6
Botanizing again 7
The Orchard 8
The questions which occur along this dreamflecked avenue 9
Fourteen Stanzas in Search of 10
In This Third Year of a Useless War 16
From Cloud-Taxis (1984)
Twentieth Century Argosies 19
The Barber of La Paz 21
Drinking Song 22
From Mirror on Horseback (1979)
Interrogation 23
Group Protrait 25
The Prophet 26
The Hero 27
He Didn't Ask Much 28
Death of the Race Driver 29
His Last Words 30
Mirror on Horseback 31
The Picnic 32
There's No Use Asking 33
Splitting 34
From The Piano Beneath the Skin (1978)
Dream Sonata 35
Hammer, Nails, Saw 37
Silence Please 38
Solitaire 39
The Years 40
Victim 41
The Ladder 42
Ultima Thule Hotel 44
Exordium 45
From Lessons in Alchemy (1976)
An Exorcism 47
Lessons in Alchemy 48
Fugue and Variations 49
Villa Thermidor 41
Directions 52
The Potter's Hand 53
From The Rococo Eye (1970)
All That I Should Have Seen 55
Quits 56
Mission Dolores, Its Squadrons of the Dead 57
Off Season 58
The Years 59
From A Ship of Bells (1968)
The Swim 61
The Rehearsal 62
Fields near Pendleton 63
A Hot Day with Little Result 64
Alarm 65
Home Town 66
The Cormorant 68
The Act 69
Records 70
From Pioneers of Modern Poetry (1967) and Losers Weepers: An Anthology of Found Poems (1969)
Mark Out the Rocking Horse 72
Distinguishing Ru from Chu 74
The Call of the Eastern Quail 75
Standing Around 76
What to Say to the Pasha 77
From The Dolphin with the Revolver in its Teeth (1967)
The One Whose Reproach I Cannot Evade 81
Serenade 82
The Death of Prophecy 84
The United States Prepare for the Permanent Revolution 85
The Oxidizing Illness 87
Recovering from Despondency 88
Messages 89
Lying Now in the New Grass 90
From Tactics of Survival (1964)
Afternoon in the Canyon 91
Annus Mirabilis 92
The Noose of Apathy 93
May All Earth Be Clothed in Light 94
From Poems & Prints (1962)
Three Portraits 95
The Lake 97
Figures in a Ruined Ballroom 98
Short Stories
The Stonemason's Daughters 101
The Ski Boot 129
Miscellany
Testimony Before the Committee on Un-American Activities 141
Interview from Durak: The International Magazine of Poetry 149
Chronicle of the Beat Generation from American Socialist 167
Plays
Preface 175
Prometheus Found 177
The Busy Martyr 211
On Kayak
Hitchcock on kayak from Carleton Miscellany 267
"The First Ten Issues of kayak" 269
Kayak Rejection and Renewal 275
Hitchcock on kayak from TriQuarterly 287
"Light Poles and the Skins of Furry Animals, or How the kayak was Built" from Caliban 293
Biographies
George Hitchcock 301
Editors 302
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