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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Feb 21, Dawn rated it it was amazing.

In this case there is a lament for a way of life that has passed away but there’s also something about the moribund city still holding on to its past, to the idea, rather than memory, of these men. Despite this, he is also eminently readable.

Much of the early part of Maximus is concerned with the history of Gloucester and Olson makes use charoes archival material to trace this path of settlement olsoh growth. I recommend every reader check the few but precious youtube videos of Charles Olson reading several of these poems.

Retrieved 16 October Olson actually began working on an epic in the 40s, but for some reason was unsatisfied. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Elizabeths Hospital ; however, he was repelled by Pound’s increasingly fascist tendencies. Comments about Charles Olson.

Aug 23, Casey rated it it was amazing. For the first time he can, without the convention of rime and meter, record the listening he has done to his own speech and by that one act indicate how he would want any reader, silently or otherwise, to voice his work. The inherent brilliance here is cuarles compress a very complex event and to do so with precision so that this complexity is explored in depth.


Allen, and Poeems Friedlander. 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.

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Olson’s report of his own sense of inferioriy to these men gives some idea of the strength of the ‘hold’ that emanated from them and what they did. The death of Roosevelt and concomitant ascendancy of Harry Truman in April inspired Olson to dedicate himself to a literary career. Quite unique and certainly not everyone’s taste. No Greek will be able to discriminate my body.

Dec 30, Allen added it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Kaiser became Olson’s second common-law wife following his separation from Wilcock in Jan 18, Joe rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Jun 02, Eric Phetteplace rated it really liked it Shelves: He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as “an archeologist of morning. In this instance there are Really Big Things 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.

A rare “liked it” rather than “really liked it” from me. Nov 30, Molly Brodak rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The poem “The Kingfishers”, first published in and collected in his olspn book of poetry, In Cold Hell, in Thicketis an application of the manifesto. I may finally consume it, drop out of my current life, move to a lonely Cape Ann on Cape Ann and watch the waves pound against Bass Rocks until they wear away the shore of my sanity.


Poemx Preview See a Problem? But overall the collection sways between mythology, history, and personal events in a pretty compelling mish-mash.

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Olson coined the term postmodern in a letter of August to Robert Creeley. 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.

This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat The beginning of this poem The Death of Carl Olsen begins by recounting two head injuries that Olson sustained in the latter stages of his work and then proceeds to his death in Want to Read saving…. Was delayed, and not content with the man’s argument that such postponement is now the nature of obedience, that we are all late in a slow time, that we grow up many And the single is not