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Selected Poems of Charles Olson
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Voice Literary Supplement Distinguished Book, 1993

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Charles Olson (1910-1970) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. His first career was in politics, but he soon turned to writing and by the late Forties his work had received major attention. He was writing teacher and then rector at Black Mountain College, where Robert Creeley came to teach as well. Iconoclastic and controversial, Olson, along with Creeley, launched a postmodern, free-verse revolution, and his work opened new pathways in thought and language to a generation of dissident writers. Other volumes of Charles Olson's poetry are published by the University of California Press: The Maximus Poems (1983) and The Collected Poems of Charles Olson (1987). Robert Creeley has long been an advocate of Charles Olson's work. Nine volumes of their correspondence have been published by Black Sparrow Press. The University of California Press publishes The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (1982), his Collected Prose (1988), Collected Essays (1989), and Selected Poems (1991).

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"Creeley's sure hand has caught . . . much of Olson's characteristic work. . . . The appearance of a sleek, intelligently honed selection of Olson's unwieldy oeuvre is reason to cheer. Steeped in a dream of its history and soil, Olson, along with William Carlos Williams, is the most American of this century's poets. At last we have the quintessential American format--the portable--from which we can savor his rare agile brilliance."--"Voice Literary Supplement

"Creeley's sure hand has caught . . . much of Olson's characteristic work. . . . The appearance of a sleek, intelligently honed selection of Olson's unwieldy oeuvre is reason to cheer. Steeped in a dream of its history and soil, Olson, along with William Carlos Williams, is the most American of this century's poets. At last we have the quintessential American format--the portable--from which we can savor his rare agile brilliance."--"Voice Literary Supplement

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