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American Literature (2015) 87 (2): 303–330.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Benjamin R. Lempert This essay uses two poetic works from the 1950s—Langston Hughes’s 1951 sequence Montage of a Dream Deferred and the poetry and poetics of Black Mountain pioneer Charles Olson—to articulate a theory of racially engaged, nonmimetic poetic musicality deriving from the engagement...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (2): 430–433.
Published: 01 June 2002
... pondered Emerson’s intense—but usually brief and disappointing—attractions to younger male protégées. Fans of Billy Budd and those curious about the creative surge that brought Charles Brock- den Brown’s ideas to print at the cusp of the nineteenth century will also want to acquaint themselves with...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (2): 413–416.
Published: 01 June 2013
..., Zukofsky, Olson, Creeley, and the Ends of Patriarchal Poetry . By DuPlessis Rachel Blau . Iowa City : Univ. of Iowa Press . 2012 . 262 pp. Paper , $39.95 . © 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 Book Reviews Queequeg’s Coffin: Indigenous Literacies and Early American Literature. By...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (3): 674–677.
Published: 01 September 2002
... Melville revival but also all the players in the Melville family, and all the players in all the Melville texts. She dis- cusses everything from Charles Olson’s immigrant status and how this may have contributed to his equation of Ahab and America with Hitler to Melville’s marginalia in his copy of...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (1): 167–169.
Published: 01 March 2002
...Anne Charles By Joanne Winning. Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press. 2000. ix, 230 pp. Cloth, $57.95; paper, $22.95. 2002 Book Reviews Coming into Communion: Pastoral Dialogues in Colonial New England. By Laura Henigman. Albany: State Univ. of New York Press. 1999. xi, 234 pp. Cloth...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (3): 677–679.
Published: 01 September 2002
... well-read will have trouble following some of the generalizations. She not only knows all the players in the Melville revival but also all the players in the Melville family, and all the players in all the Melville texts. She dis- cusses everything from Charles Olson’s immigrant status and how this...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (1): 205–207.
Published: 01 March 2003
... creating an audience and community for this work. The book lays out its theoretical argument in the introduction and then chronologically works its way from the 1950s forward: from Charles Olson, to Jack Spicer, to...
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American Literature (2007) 79 (4): 807–820.
Published: 01 December 2007
... immediate reading as outlined by Jameson; often critics must turn to the stated poetics or the archived correspondence of figures such as Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Charles Olson, John Ashbery, and Lyn Hejinian in order to his- toricize their practice; the poetry itself, so often...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (1): 201–203.
Published: 01 March 2016
... tensions that shape a number of 1960s “literary poets,” including Charles Olson and Gwendolyn Brooks. In the former, Allison shows how the poet’s reading style stages a conflict between text and voice, whereas in the latter he argues that her performance of the lyric indexes a desire to preserve privacy...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 905–907.
Published: 01 December 2019
... modernism” to explain some of the volume’s commitments. Many of the poets gathered here began making names for themselves in midcentury America, including Louis Zukofsky, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Ronald Johnson, and Davenport. One of the more far-reaching essays, “Z-Sited Path: Late...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 169–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... chapter (142). Poetic meditations on the pre-Columbian world (in Charles Olson and Pablo Neruda, for example) invented usable pasts to counter Cold War antidiplomacy. As with his reassessment of the effects of the Good Neighbor policy, Feinsod defies common wisdom: “U.S. ruin poems belong to an inter...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 434–437.
Published: 01 June 2017
... much information (50). In the third chapter, the book’s best, Stephens develops a poignant image of Charles Olson as “both a hero and a victim of information overload” (88). Olson admires and emulates the grand scope of informational thinking, but he also considers cybernetics “amoral” and bemoans the...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (4): 873–881.
Published: 01 December 2005
... relationship and that the acknowledgement of that fact is central to a moral life Accordingly, Bigsby discusses connections between Miller’s life, his works, and historic American events. Charles Olson and Alfred North Whitehead: An Essay on Poetry. By Shahar Bram. Trans. Batya Stein. Lewisburg, Pa...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (4): 899–901.
Published: 01 December 2004
... array of poets, including Walt Whitman, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Clayton Eshleman, Susan Howe, Robinson Jeffers, Nathaniel Mackey, Ezra Pound, Kenneth Rex- roth, Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, and Louis Zukofsky. The book’s unusual form is integral to its argument, enacting a complex conception of...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (2): 400–403.
Published: 01 June 2020
... Classical Tradition (Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 2018), features chapters tracing literary genealogies from Catullus, Sappho, Xenophon, and many others through to Kerouac, di Prima, Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Kenneth Rexroth, Charles Olson, and Robert Duncan, both debunking the “know-nothing” anti...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 914–921.
Published: 01 December 2019
... social action. Charles Olson and American Modernism: The Practice of the Self . By Mark Byers. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press. 2018. xv, 206 pp. Cloth, $80.00. Byers argues that Olson’s poetry exposes the dynamics that shaped American creative expression in the transitional postwar period...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (4): 845–848.
Published: 01 December 2015
... thing. It’s not hard to imagine arguments about the merits of Wil- liam Carlos Williams’s Paterson, Charles Olson’s The Maximus Poems, Ezra Pound’s Cantos, any of several works by Robinson Jeffers, but it is hard, for me at least, to imagine wide spread agreement about a “best.” On the other hand...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (1): 229–238.
Published: 01 March 2010
... (Riding) Jackson, and Charles Olson: The American Cratylus. By Carla Billitteri. New York: Palgrave Macmil- lan. 2009. xx, 219 pp. $74.95. Cratylism is the desire for a language that would be univocal and perfect, even though language is inherently polyvocal and imperfect. In this book, Billit...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (3): 671–690.
Published: 01 September 2000
... notes, appendixes that contain information on Fitzgerald’s com- posing methods, and a variety of illustrations and facsimiles from the Fitz- gerald archive. Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff: A Modern...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 841–870.
Published: 01 December 2019
... instance, know his ongoing commitment to the open form poetics of the Charles Olson / Black Mountain tradition, which for Mackey means prescribing perpetual movement and proscribing “systematization, fixity, and closure” (1993: 123). Mackey’s Splay Anthem ( 2006j ) continues “Mu” and Song of the...