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Prepositions: The Collected Critical Essays, published first in 1967 and then in an expanded edition in 1981, was a definitive set of critical statements by Louis Zukofsky, one of the most important poets of the 20th century. These central expositions of Zukofsky's own poetics, and enduring examinations of the art of poetry, range over the entire length of Zukofsky's career and include sensitive and prescient readings of Henry Adams, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, E. E. Cummings, and others.

Prepositions + brings this essential collection back into print, and adds generous selections of Zukofsky's uncollected prose, most notably the crucial 5 Statements for Poetry. Published in a small edition in 1958 and out of print ever since, 5 Statements gathers the essays that Zukofsky felt best presented his own poetics. Among them are the three essays, in their original and expansive forms, that crystallized the "Objectivist" movement of the early 1930s. Prepositions + also includes an extended in-depth interview in which Zukofsky discusses his poetry and poetics.

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"Like Mr. Zukofsky's poetry, these short, gnarled, tendentious, self-assured, inward, rather pedantic, rather touching pieces give an impression of restraint whose bearing is toward some integrity of self that is itself a kind of restraint." —M. L. Rosenthal, Poetry
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Meet the Author

In addition to The Wesleyan Centennial Edition of the Complete Critical Writings, LOUIS ZUKOFSKY's many books include "A," The Complete Short Poetry, and The Collected Fiction. MARK SCROGGINS is author of Louis Zukofsky and the Poetry of Knowledge (1998). CHARLES BERNSTEIN is Professor of English at SUNY-Buffalo.

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American poetics of the late 20th century is saturated with the terms and techniques developed in Prepositions, Louis Zukofsky's only collection of literary essays . . . Prepositions is the work of a poet who created poetry not of attitude or ideas or moral views or lifestyle but as a bearing in and toward language. In Prepositions he does not tell about poetry, he shows it. For 'how else can the poet speak . . . but as a poet.'

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Table of Contents

Foreword – Charles Bernstein
Prefatory Note
Poetry/For My Son When He Can Read
An Objective
A Statement for Poetry
For Wallace Stevens
William Carlos Williams
The Effacement of Philosophy
Modern Times
Lewis Carroll
Ezra Pound
Henry Adams/A Criticism in Autobiography
With Little/For Careenagers
Poetic Values
American Poetry 1920-1930
Dometer Guczul
Bottom, a weaver
Found Objects (1962-1926)
About the Gas Age
Index to Definitions
Introduction- Mark Scroggins
Program: “Objectivists” 1931 (from Poetry, February 1931)
“Recencies” in Poetry (a talk, printed in An “Objectivists” Anthology 1932)
Poetry/For My Son When He Can Read (1946)
A Statement for Poetry (1950)
Louis and Celia Zukofsky: Translating Catullus (1962)
Foreword to “A” 1-12 (1967)
Interview [with L.S. Dembo] (1968)

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