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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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Consequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the language schoolinclude Olson as a primary and precedent figure. Increasingly disenchanted with politics, he turned down both posts. 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.

Feb 15, Peycho Kanev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Educated at Wesleyan and Harvard Universities and the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, Charles Olson had a distinguished career in academia and politics before becoming a serious poet.

Nov 04, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. The pay check does. He eventually joined the newly formed doctoral program in American civilization as one of its first three candidates. Published July 25th by University of California Press first published But I have to read Heroditus and know nothing about Tyre and also the deep history of Virginia and Boston and the kinds of salt to keep fish and what exactly a shoal feels like and if Adam Smith really was what, a poet, if he was cured of his skin’s burns and “meubles” and Thucidides and furthermore Orontes, which C.

These poems are not poeme to be read quickly. Olson coined the term postmodern in a letter of August to his friend and fellow poet, Robert Creeley. The random touches are great, like repeatedly using an open parenthesis with no close, or chadles “said” “sd”. Create new account Request new password.


This is Olson’s heroic long poem in charoes to Gloucester, Massachusetts and to the people who lived there in which he tells much of its history as a fishing port, even going back to its place in the original Pangaean continent. Retrieved 16 October When Black Mountain College closed inOlson oversaw the settlement of the institution’s debts over the next five years and settled in Gloucester. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson

This is one charls the few books I can identify that had a deep effect on me about what a poetic line was, the power of where a line was broken, how it was read. There may be an element of sentimental nostalgia in this for an extremely arduous and often fatal way to make a living but there’s more of this sense of respect to those ‘giants’ who were the masters of their trade. The progress from the blink through the waver to the return of normality is stunning and demonstrates technique of a very high calibre indeed.

Much of the early part of Maximus is concerned with the history of Gloucester and Olson makes use of archival material to trace this path of settlement and growth. I will, dammit, I will I, Maximus of Gloucester, to Y The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson.

The Maximus Poems

Kaiser became Olson’s second common-law wife following his separation from Wilcock in Nov 03, Tina rated it it was amazing. He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as “an archeologist of morning.

View all 6 comments. Olson used to write outside on a tree stump in Dogtown.

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I’m currently on my third reading and am now astounded as to how Whitehead’s complex and challenging ideas are made integral to the text. The poem connects Gloucester to many of the cultural sources we associate with the eastern Mediterranean and south Asia. Return to Book Olsoon. Sep 22, Martin Ott rated it liked it.


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It could change my life. I finished reading The Maximus Poems for the second time walking through a car park. Harbor better than Champlain’s–Champlain a European with a home, American no place to go in landlessness alone resides, the Earth a skid for the American the Skater all over the surface of the skin But something about the overall syntax of the pages seemed haphazard, even on the relative scale of similar mega-life projects; it wa Was surprised I didn’t enjoy this more.

In other projects Wikiquote. On the fading edge of the possibility of the epic poem. I usually don’t bother reviewing books unless I really liked them.

He participated in early psilocybin experiments under the aegis of Timothy Leary in [7] and served as a distinguished professor at the University at Buffalo and visiting professor at the University of Connecticut I’m very into “poetry of place” right now, as well as learning more about open field work, and Gloucester is a very real place in this stuff, and it breathes on the page.

This is the kind of stuff that has me punching the air in delight. All of this seems relatively straightforward, Enyalion being a mythical figure of Olson’s invention, but the term ‘occasion’ is central to Whitehead’s philosophy, the Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy has this:. I have had to learn the simplest things last. I do admire Charles Olson’s poetryfor its highs and lows. The Maxlmus poems will do as they do loems I will read them all again in in in.