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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I love the language of this, I love the form, Olson is undoubtedly an amazing poet. This is how you’re choosing to sp A rare “liked it” rather than “really liked it” from me.
Charles Olson – Wikipedia
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. This is one of my favorite things, and i have to touch base with it This is Olson’s heroic long poem in tribute 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.
Wikiquote has quotations related to: I don’t think this is a random selection from the detritus of the past, one of Olson’s primary concerns was the relationship between events and the temporal processes that objects chrles.
He began work on his opus, The Maximus Poemsin the mids, and continued to expand and revise them until his death in He died there intwo weeks past his fifty-ninth birthday, while in the process of completing The Maximus Poems.
Olson served as rector of the Black Mountain College from to For me, the greatest skill in the making of poems is producing something that requires a great deal olsob skill but ‘reads’ lightly, almost conversational. In this instance there are Really Big Charlrs being said about time, place and the elements yet these are presented in such a subdued and apparently casual manner that the reader doesn’t realise fully what’s going on until some time later.
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 was too difficult for me to pick up some threads after they had disappeared so long.
Massachusetts and fishing boats are not the most intriguing topics for me. The whole work is also mediated through the voice of Maximus, based partly on Maximus of Tyre, an itinerant Greek philosopher, and partly on Olson himself. Trivia About The Maximus Poems.
The usual arduity default position is to be against the philosophical poem, believing that philosophers are better equipped.
He participated in early psilocybin experiments under the aegis of Timothy Leary in  and served as a distinguished professor at the University at Buffalo and visiting professor at the University of Connecticut He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as “an archeologist of morning. Just started a thorough re-reading after 30 years.
The Maximus Poems
This is the kind of stuff that has me punching the air in delight. Best Poem of Charles Olson. This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat The only drawback is that the content can get quite boring: This is how you’re choosing to spend this poem?
Paperbackpages. Oslon 30, Molly Brodak rated it really liked it Recommends it for: As it is, I don’t regret the voyage, but don’t want to take it again or further.
But I have to read Heroditus and know nothing about Tyre and also the deep history of Virginia maxmius 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.
The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson
Poets in The New American Poetry — Olson coined the term postmodern in a letter of August to Robert Creeley. Following his diagnosis, he was transported to New York Hospital at the behest of Brown. Jun 27, Axolotl rated it it was amazing Shelves: I, Maximus of Gloucester, to Y Very American, but in a universal way, not blind patriotism.
Create new account Request new password. Olson did not consider himself “a poet” or “a writer” by profession, but rather that nebulous and rare “archeologist of morning,” reminiscent of Thoreau. He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as “an archeologist of morning. Feb 15, Peycho Kanev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Only a great loneliness for the specificity of another distinct human being can keep one tethered to these pages for a continuous reading of the book.
I know that many readers do not consider this kind of work to be poetry but I’m of the view that it is essential if the Poem is naximus to progress from its current ditch of mainstream mediocrity.
The person, Maximus, represents Olson’s alter ego, and is named after the second-century Maximus of Tyre, as well as a fourth-century Phoenician mystic, and may also refer to Olson’s impressive stature he was xharles feet seven inches tall. Lists with This Book. Was surprised I didn’t enjoy this more.
On the other hand, in his poem beginning “at the boundary of the mighty world”, he does say while personifying a geological formation, no less “I should like to take the time to be dull” which mitigates, I think, some of the other side criticisms: Nov 30, Ann Klefstad rated it liked it. This is one of 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.
Homo maximus wrests his life from the underworld as the Gloucester fisherman wrests his from the sea.