A major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world.
—William Carlos Williams

Selected Writings Of Charles Olson

Nonfiction by Charles Olson

Charles Olson (1910-1970), described by William Carlos Williams as “a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world” and who, as Joel Oppenheimer once wrote, “brought two generations to life,” stood as a bridge between the first leaders of the modern movement, such as Pound and Stein, and some of the most important later innovators (Denise Levertov acclaimed his work “magnificent”). This landmark collection, first published in 1967 and edited by his long-time friend Robert Creeley, includes poems from Olson’s superlative book, The Distances, as well as from his epic Maximus Poems. Also included are the entirety of the “Mayan Letters,” written to Creeley while Olson was in the Yucatan studying Mayan hieroglyphs; “Appolonius of Tyana,” a background script for an original dance play; and his ground-breaking manifesto on “Projective Verse” as well as other essential essays.

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Paperback (published January 19, 1967)

ISBN
9780811203357
Price US
17.95
Page Count
288

Charles Olson

20th Century American Poet

A major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world.
—William Carlos Williams
In all these poems the musical curve is pure and realized and one is at once aware in them of an original intelligence…
—M. L. Rosenthal, New York Times Book Review