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The new, authoritative edition of “A”: the monumental lifepoem by one of the most important American poets of the twentieth century, Louis Zukofsky.

River that must turn full after I stop dying

Song, my song, raise grief to music

Light as my loves’ thought, the few sick

So sick of wrangling: thus weeping,

Sounds of light, stay in her keeping

And my son’s face – this much for honor

— from “ ‘A’-11”

At long last, here is the whole of Louis Zukofsky’s epic masterpiece “A” back in print with misprints corrected and a new, fresh introduction by the noted scholar Barry Ahearn. No other poem in the English language is filled with as much daily love, light, intellect, and music. As William Carlos Williams once wrote of Zukofsky’s poetry, “I hear a new music of verse stretching out into the future.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811218719
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/31/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 846
Sales rank: 560,394
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Louis Zukofsky spent forty-six years writing his masterwork “A,” and died before he could see the completed version published. Poet, translator, fiction writer, essayist, anthologist, critic,
teacher, WPA worker, and binding force of the Objectivist poets, Zukofsky was born in New York City and lived in or near the city his whole life.

Barry Ahearn is the Pierce
Butler Professor of English at Tulane University. His books include
Zukofsky’s “A”: An Introduction,
Pound/Zukofsky: Selected Letters, and The Correspondence of
William Carlos Williams and Louis

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Snakeshands on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some of this I adore. Some of this is too abstruse for me the first read through, as Zukofsky is _never_ going to talk down to his readers, or even bother to give them an entry to his mind. But there's a wonderful collection of fragments in here about passing on wisdom, and pastoralism, and the life of Bach and being a sad Marxist watching the world crack open for World War II, and the plays of Euripides and Aristophanes, and about growing up, and old, in that ridiculous 20th century many of us saw the tail-end of. I won't re-read this for a long time, but I'm glad I made it through.