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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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. Quite unique and certainly not everyone’s taste. I’m going to try and substantiate my claim with four different aspects of the work.

Charles Olson

The sea was not, finally, my trade. As it is, I don’t regret I don’t often not give a book a rating – but I don’t think I’m qualified to give a rating because I think my reading experience was orthogonal to what the author intended. Retrieved 16 October Wikiquote has quotations related to: The remnants can be found in his first book of poems, “In Cold Hell, In Thicket” which was published around the same time as the first ten Maximus poems.

But this extraordinary project is worth the time and effort if, by chance, you happen to have them available. An American is a complex of occasions, themselves a geometry of spatial nature. Taking up local issues such as preserving the wetlands and documenting the history of fishermen in the Northeast, Olson’s poems are widely read as political, but like the Cantosthey also contain deeply lyrical and personal passages as well. Views Read Edit View history.


Olson served as rector of the Black Mountain College from to This kind of courteous but lethal inquisition can stop the world and make the subject feel, for a moment, at the centre of things as if everything depended on the answer.

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 wa Was surprised I didn’t enjoy this more.

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Jun 20, Sean rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even at sea I was slow, to get the hand out, or to cross a wet deck. He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as “an archeologist of morning. No trivia or quizzes yet. Olson used to write outside on a tree stump in Dogtown. The inherent brilliance here is to compress a very complex event and to do so with precision so that this complexity is explored in depth.

Read the full of Maximus, To Himself. Consequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the language schoolinclude Jaximus as a primary and precedent figure. Off-shore, by islands hidden By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If you haven’t heard of him Jul 01, Maureen Thorson rated it really liked it.

The progress from the blink through the waver to the return of normality is stunning and demonstrates technique of a very high calibre indeed. For me, the greatest skill in the making of poems is producing something that requires a great deal of skill but ‘reads’ lightly, almost conversational. Pound said it was a poem with history. The maximuw, 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 six feet seven inches tall.


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The pay check does. Didn’t hold char,es on a recent re-read – I appreciate the scope, but was left cold by the execution of it. I’m now going to try and justify this claim with a mix of personal ramblings and extracts from this sprawling monster. At that point, they moved to Washington, D. Nov 30, Ann Klefstad rated it liked it.

Want to Read saving…. I cannot sell this to anyone except to say that O’s work has been influential for me, and Maximus is a great part of that influence.

Olson visited Pound, argued with him, and Pound said Olson saved his life. Reading the words chrales an Englishman pulled from history and moulded into the shape of Olson’s Gloucester while walking through the concrete landscape was incredibly fitting.

Dec 05, James Debruicker rated it liked it. The Geography of the imagination Increasingly disenchanted with politics, he turned down both posts. Consequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the Language School, include Olson as a primary and precedent figure.

Maximus, To Himself I have had to learn the simplest things last.