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Death and Pejorative Vision in Charles Olson, Part 2

Death and Pejorative Vision in Charles Olson, Part 2

August 31, 2017


It was not his manifesto only that made Charles Olson important, however. He earned his prominence both by his poetry and by his manifesto.

SO, I am going to say a few words in this blog series about some Olson poems—give a bit of introduction to his poetry, give you a taste of what he was like—before I start another series on the ZigZag Poetics of the new, the radically revolutionary poetry (“Wake up America! from snoozing all over fuddy duddy Robert Frost poetry—so I think they said back then) of the early Beat poets. We’re going to see what those cats said (I’m getting carried away here) about HOW they wrote poetry, about WHAT poetry is, and, for us today, what ZigZag poetry STILL IS today! But first—Charles Olson the poet.

Here goes. I’ll give plenty of quotes—don’t skip the long quotes—just to let you see—. But you can get these poems online somewhere or at your local library.

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Paul Varner


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