Stephen Jonas Selected Poems

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Poetry. "Stephen Jonas is part of a mythic Boston poetry gang headed by John Wieners, comrades of Charles Olson, fellow New Englander. His gay verse pioneered and prophesied later "Fag Rag" decades in Puritan Boston. A true poet of modern classic culture in mid-twentieth century U.S. A." -Allen Ginsberg.
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Poetry. "Stephen Jonas is part of a mythic Boston poetry gang headed by John Wieners, comrades of Charles Olson, fellow New Englander. His gay verse pioneered and prophesied later "Fag Rag" decades in Puritan Boston. A true poet of modern classic culture in mid-twentieth century U.S. A." -Allen Ginsberg.
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This selection from the work of one of the most interesting African American writers is long overdue. Though Jonas's work sprang from the Beat movement, the term may not be adequate to suggest his particular gifts or experience. In the mid-1940s, Jonas sidestepped the Black Mountain and New York poetry scenes and settled in Boston, producing a body of writing that is astonishing in its musicality and intellectual breadth. Self-taught and heavily influenced by Pound, Williams and the improvisational qualities of jazz, Jonas, who died in 1970, wrote collages of polyphonic fragments that evinced enormous energy and precision. In ``Exercises for the Ear,'' he wrote, ``i have come to / chew up yr language''; and so he does, ingesting the language of the street and transcribing it (with phonetic spelling) into a rhythmic free verse. The ambitious set of long poems called ``Orgasms/Dominations'' represent a sprawling investigation of everything from street life to the aesthetics of poetry. This latter subject especially dominates his work. For Jonas, true poetry was found in the ear: ``the set-up of a poem / may not always please / the eye; / but the ear can be . . . conducted along / surprising causeways.'' To be led by him is to listen to language at its best--music. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883689063
  • Publisher: Talisman House, Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Editor's Note 13
Exercises for Ear 17
The Preface to the Reader 19
Love, The Poem, The Sea & Other Pieces Examined by Me 102
Chorale and Hymn (IV, V, & VI) 106
Word on measure 110
Blackstone Park 114
An Ode for Garcia Lorca 115
Invocation 116
Complainte de l'oubli des morts 117
For John Wieners 1/6/60 118
Three Dance Moods for Ear 120
The Celibate 122
No Saints in 3 Acts 123
to strum ole Homer's lute 124
For LeRoi Jones 125
Roots - For Tom Balas 125
Altar 126
Song after Waller, Herrick & Others 127
One of Three Musicians 128
After Catullus I 129
Black Orpheus 129
What Made Maud Hum 130
"Gloucester" (Impressions for J. W. III) 136
Advertisements of the Tribes 139
Back 'o Town Blues 146
Musique Ancien 147
The Spring & Summer Annual (1968) 147
brotherhood & all that bad air 148
Afta a Bob Creeley Poem 149
Dilemma II 150
Brisk Walk to the Pavilion of Good Crops & Peace (Three Versions from the Chinese) "Trees all got up & deck'd out," "Trees horny w/leaves," On the Esplanade 152
The Music Master 154
Morphogenesis (being a conventionalization of "Morphemes" of Jack Spicer 156
Cante Jondo for Soul Brother Jack Spicer, His Beloved California & Andalusia of Lorca 160
VII "nigger youngblood" 165
IX "get bombed, piss'd in" 165
XII "she' only wanted to" 166
XV "dirty niggers" 166
XXIII "you know, honey, it's great" 167
XXXIII "O FVRVM optime balneariorum" 168
XXXV "Oh no, you have to keep" 168
XXXVI "say God came back" 169
LXI "this grisly ole lout" 170
LXVI "The First Matter of the spiritual work" 171
LXXXIII "LESBIA me praesente viro mala plurima dicit" 172
Appendix: from Jonas's notebook 248
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