Selected Poems: 1950-2000

Overview

For some forty years, Nathaniel Tarn has been celebrated as an extraordinary figure in American writing. His work in a variety of scholarly and literary genres has ranged from Maya ritual to Jewish mysticism, the monasteries of Burma to the arctic seas of Alaska. One of the founders of ethnopoetics, he has brought to poetry an almost limitless range of interests and a remarkable dexterity in both open and closed forms. As Eliot Weinberger has written, “What holds it together is Tarn’s ecstatic vision, his ...

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Overview

For some forty years, Nathaniel Tarn has been celebrated as an extraordinary figure in American writing. His work in a variety of scholarly and literary genres has ranged from Maya ritual to Jewish mysticism, the monasteries of Burma to the arctic seas of Alaska. One of the founders of ethnopoetics, he has brought to poetry an almost limitless range of interests and a remarkable dexterity in both open and closed forms. As Eliot Weinberger has written, “What holds it together is Tarn’s ecstatic vision, his continuing enthusiasm for the stuff of the world.”

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A bold editor at literary presses Cape Editions and Cape Goliard, publishers of Charles Olson, J.H. Prynne and Ted Berrigan, among others, Nathaniel Tarn here provides samples from 19 of his 25 collections in Selected Poems 1950-2000. The book begins with 1964's "Old Savage/Young City," a jazzy meeting of myth and modernity borrowing from the great voices of the first half of the 20th century, where the speaker envisions the dead sailing to the underworld on ocean liners, "helpless without their desks/ and phones and sexy secretaries." Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819565426
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Old Savage/Young City 1
Where Babylon Ends 9
October 19
The Beautiful Contradictions 31
A Nowhere for Vallejo 43
The Persephones 69
Lyrics for the Bride of God 75
The House of Leaves 107
The Microcosm 141
Birdscapes with Seaside 151
Alashka 159
The Desert Mothers 179
At the Western Gates 191
Seeing America First 221
The Mothers of Matagalpa 241
Flying the Body 249
Poems 1985-1998 259
The Architextures 301
Three Letters from the City: The St. Petersburg Poems, 1968-1998 313
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