The Maximus Poems [Charles Olson, George F. Butterick] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Praised by his contemporaries and emulated. Dogtown, the wild, rock-strewn centre of Cape Ann, next to Gloucester, is an important place in The Maximus Poems. Praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors, Charles Olson ( ) was declared by William Carlos Williams to be a major poet with a.

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Although likely invisible in my work now, without Maximus I would not be the same poet I am. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This kind of courteous but lethal inquisition can stop the world and make the subject feel, for a moment, at the centre of things as if everything depended on the answer.

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As it is, I don’t regret the voyage, but don’t want to take it again or further. Mundane poems with historical tilts that suddenly jab you with a revelatory one liner.

On the other hand, in his poem beginning “at the boundary of the mighty world”, he does say while personifying a geological formation, no less “I should like to take I do admire Charles Olson’s poetryfor its highs and lows. May 22, Jacob W.

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This page was last maximhs on 21 Decemberat On a basic level, Maximus is centred on the town of Gloucester in Massachussetts and is ostensibly a poem mwximus place but also contains many other levels of meaning, perhaps the most important being the relationship between place and the passage of time.


This is a poem fromtowards the end of the sequence:. He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as “an archeologist of morning. But this extraordinary project is poem the time and effort if, by chance, you happen to have them available. I had all three volumes that make up this book but was glad to get them all in one volume I gave my old copies to a friend.

The poem “The Kingfishers”, first published in and collected in his first book of poetry, In Cold Hell, in Thicketis an application of the manifesto. Dec 19, Gary Norris rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’d also like to draw attention to the staggering brilliance that is ‘redolents’.

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The Maximus Poems

Since adolescence I’ve felt that two of the major strengths of the Poem are compression and precision. For me, the greatest skill in the making of poems is producing something that requires a great deal of skill but ‘reads’ lightly, almost conversational.

Dec 30, Allen added it. Sep 14, Beth in SF rated it really liked it Shelves: There is a more detailed page on Olson’s working through of the later works of Alfred North Whitehead but I think it is enough to say here that Whitehead’s philosophy placed emphasis on events rather than objects and suggested that our focus must therefore be on the relationship between these ongoing events.

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Published July 25th by University of California Press first published Upset about the increasing censorship of his news releases, Olson went to work for the Democratic National Committee as director of the Foreign Nationalities Division in May One of the crucial relationships for us is the effect of the passage of time, which we measure by planetary means, on the food we grow. In this capacity, he participated in Franklin Roosevelt ‘s presidential campaignorganizing “Everyone for Roosevelt,” maximua large campaign rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden.


What is more ‘relevant’ than the body of the text is perhaps Olson’s motivation for selecting this maxlmus list. In this instance there are Really Big Things being said about time, place and the elements yet these are presented in such a subdued and apparently casual manner that the reader doesn’t realise fully what’s going on until some time later.

I may finally consume it, drop out of my current life, move to a lonely Cape Ann on Cape Ann and watch charlws waves pound olon Bass Rocks until they wear away the shore of my sanity. At high school he was a champion orator, winning a tour of Europe including a meeting with William Butler Yeats as a prize.

The Maximus poems will do as they do and I will read them all again in in in. Retrieved from ” https: In Projective VerseOlson called for a poetic meter based on the poet’s breathing and an open construction based on sound and the linking of perceptions rather than syntax and logic.

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