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“Poems for the Millennium: Part One is . . . one of the very best of its kind.”
The first volume offers three "galleries" of individual poets—figures such as Mallarmé, Stein, Rilke, Tzara, Mayakovsky, Pound, H.D., Vallejo, Artaud, Césaire, and Tsvetayeva. Included, too, are sections dedicated to some of the most significant pre-World War II movements in poetry and the other arts: Futurism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, Objectivism, and Negritude. The second volume will extend the gathering to the present, forming a synthesizing, global anthology that surpasses other collections in its international scope and experimental range.
Poet-editors Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris provide informative and irreverent commentaries throughout. They challenge old truths and propose alternative directions, in the tradition of the revolutionary manifestos that have marked the art and poetry of the twentieth century. The result is both an essential source book for experiencing the full range of this century's poetic possibilities and a powerful statement on the future of poetry in the millennium ahead.
Posted June 14, 2006
This is an extraordinary resource for any student of poetry--readers or writers. The editors do an excellent job of putting modern poetry movements into persepctive--within global context as well as the context of literature itself. The compilation of notes on poets is vast, but the number of poems included is not compromised. The book does try to accomplish rather a lot in a limited space, and as such is certainly an overview and not a deep analysis. However, it is ideal for the classroom or a hobby scholar's colleciton.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.