Max Lesser uncovers the unintended legacy of Charles Olson. First, some simplicities that a man learns, if he works in OPEN or what can also be called COMPOSITION BY FIELD, as opposed to inherited line, stanza, over-all . FROM CHARLES OLSON’S “PROJECTIVE VERSE”. (1) A poem is energy transferred from where the poet got it (he will have some several causations), by way.

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Or so it got phrased by one, R. On the Collected Works of Robert Duncan. Now 3 the process of the thing, how the principle can be made so to shape the energies that the form is accomplished.

And his repeated association of words that overlap both semantically and sonically speaks to his ability to attune his ear to the mythopoeic nature of syllables. It stems from his central project: Letter to the Editor: That reputation, though unfortunate, may be well deserved.


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But what ever happened to the legacy of Charles Olson? This principlethen, leads to a specific poetic process: In Ikebanathe work itself the bouquet consists almost entirely of objects found in nature.

North Carolina, in the depths of the Great Depression, where a number of faculty members recently dismissed from Rollins College for refusing pojective sign a loyalty pledge founded the legendary Black Mountain College.


It means exactly what it says, is a matter of, at all points even, I should say, of our management of daily reality as of the daily work get on with it, keep moving, keep in, speed, the nerves, their speed, the perceptions, theirs, the acts, the split second acts, the whole business, keep it moving as fast as you can, citizen.

Projective Verse

He encourages this overcoming of the poet-as-subjectwhat Keats derides in Wordsworth as Egotistical Sublime. Thus he projectivw to behave, and be, instant by instant, aware of some several forces just now beginning to be examined. His broad use of white space attests to his attention to breath, which informs the length of his lines with multiple indentations. And one of the most promising takes us back to an unlikely place and time: Another glance at his political screeds may solidify it.

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The sibilance of the words associated in the first line reflects a semantic semblance: Where does one start? Your tax-deductible donation made to LARB by Yet the reader is forced to marvel at the voice that has built these meaningful links. There is less than a week left to support our matching grant fund drive! A Search in Obedience: Grasped by What We Cannot Grasp: From Bauhaus to Black Mountain: All Architectures Carles Am: The success of his ideas remains manifest to anyone who cares about the history of postwar American poetry.

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Projective Verse | essay by Olson |

Jorie Graham, a poet who was influenced by Olson, incorporates his method in a way that ultimately draws attention to the speaker. This appears to be an acknowledged fact among contemporary practitioners of projective verse. Can Olson himself abide by his own poetic principles, overcoming his Egotistical Sublime? Olson clearly adheres to the mechanics of projective verse, but can he overcome his self?

The more evocative the bouquet, the more the subject imbues her found objects with her character. This is the problem which any poet who departs from closed form is specially confronted by. Any exposition of a perceived object, when made well, draws attention to the power of the perceiving subject. A poem is energy transferred from where the poet got it he will have some several causationsby way of the poem itself to, all the way over to, the reader.