George Oppen

George Oppen

Oppen o›ers a way of dealing indirectly with these issues through his poetry. 2. Ibid., p. 372. 3. From “Out There Is the World,” in George Oppen: Man and Poet, pp. ¡69–¡80. In this essay, which examines the poetry of Oppen and Charles ...

Author: Lyn Graham Barzilai

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786425495

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 231

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"This book offers a detailed look into the life and works of Pulitzer Prize-winning Jewish American poet George Oppen. It examines the characteristics of his work, particularly his use of small and often odd phrasings and unusual line formations to expres
Categories: Literary Criticism

George Oppen

George Oppen

1983 George Oppen 75th birthday tribute , sponsored by Intersection and San Francisco State University . 1984 George Oppen dies , age 76 , July 7 , of pneumonia , preceded by Alzheimer's disease . 1985 French translation D'Etre En ...

Author: George Oppen

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811215571

Category: Poetry

Page: 205

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"Offers a selection of Oppen's poetry from all his books published during his lifetime ... in addition, this volume includes Oppen's only known essay, 'A mind's own place'; 'Twenty-six fragments' Oppen scribbled on envelopes and scraps of paper found posted on his wall after his death, edited by Stephen Cope; as well as a chronology and bibliography put together by Rachel Blau DuPlessis"--Back cover.
Categories: Poetry

George Oppen

George Oppen

George Oppen's Serial Poems.” The Objective Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics, eds. Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Peter Quartermain. Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press, 1999.

Author: Richard Swigg

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9781611487503

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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For too long the essential basis of George Oppen's poetry—the words on the page and their acoustics—has been ignored in critical discussions of his work. Challenging this neglect, Richard Swigg offers the reader a direct route into the visual / auditory dimension of the poems as they develop from the 1930s to the 1970s, while also tracing his important literary relations with contemporaries such as Charles Reznikoff, Denise Levertov and Charles Tomlinson.
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Speaking with George Oppen

Speaking with George Oppen

CA: George, is there anything else that you'd like to say? No. There wasn't anything I wanted to say to begin with. [Laughter from the others] CA: We've been talking with George Oppen, Pulitzer Prize winningpoet, who lives in San ...

Author: Richard Swigg

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786491131

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 281

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Seventeen interviews with George and Mary Oppen, conducted between 1968 and 1987, are here brought together for the first time. Two are fresh discoveries, while re-audited recordings of other interviews have given a new authoritative accuracy to the text. These conversations provide a unique account of a major American poet’s evolution, through the Depression, war, exile and a return to poetry after two decades of silence. They span Oppen’s early years as an Objectivist, his assessments of such as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams, and his views on the merits of his later contemporaries Allen Ginsberg, Jerome Rothenburg and others. Above all, it is Oppen’s detailed commentary on his own writing, and his explanations of how individual poems unfold, which gives special importance to these new collected interviews.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Selected Letters of George Oppen

The Selected Letters of George Oppen

George Oppen Rachel Blau DuPlessis. arena for self - explanation and gloss , important because Oppen's writing hinged on self - knowledge : " in my life to know // what I have said to myself ” ( CP 242 ) . Letters also can provide a ...

Author: George Oppen

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822310244

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 436

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Objectivist poet George Oppen (1908–1984), along with his contemporaries Lorine Niedecker, Charles Reznikoff, and Carl Rakoski, provide an important bridge between the vanguard modernist American poets and the later works of poets such as Robert Creeley. In work often compounded by the populist urbanity of city lives, the Objectivists explored the social statements poetry can make. Because Oppen wrote only one essay and one essay-review, his correspondence, in effect, constitutes his essays. Oppen is emerging as one of the major poets of the postwar era; he was the recipient of an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the PEN/West Rediscovery Award, and a Senior Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His collection Of Being Numerous received the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. These working papers include a rich correspondence, letters which provide access to the sustained, perceptive body of critical and aesthetic thinking of Oppen’s poetic career. Provocative and witty comments on poetry and poetics, especially interesting for the development of an Objectivist aesthetics, and shrewd, deeply felt assessments about the politics of the twentieth century and its moral dilemmas are some of the issues attended to. This edition offers primary documentation about an influential poetics, a little-known movement, and its active figures. Given the aggressive studies of the politics of canon-formation, the interest in describing a historical context for individual literary achievement, and current debates about mainstream poetry, the rethinking of the Objectivist movement, and the collection of documents contributing to its poetics, is an important achievement in literary scholarship.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

The two had met in the late sixties and Kaufman recalls that she 'later gave George my first collection when it was published in 1970. It was then that I began my visits to George and Mary on Polk Street.'31 Oppen responded ...

Author: Peter Nicholls

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199218264

Category: History

Page: 222

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This study of 20th-century American poet George Oppen promises to become a key resource for those interested not only in Oppen himself, but in the history of literary modernism. Drawing extensively on largely unpublished papers and presenting material that has not yet appeared in print, Peter Nicholls gives a detailed account of Oppen's life and work, enriched by close readings of many of his poems.
Categories: History

The Music of Thought in the Poetry of George Oppen and William Bronk

The Music of Thought in the Poetry of George Oppen and William Bronk

"The Place of Being in the Poetry of George Oppen." In Hatlen, George Oppen: Man and Poet, 89-112. Clippinger, David, ed. The Body of This Life: Reading William Bronk. Jersey City, NJ: Talisman House, 2001.

Author: Henry Weinfield

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587298509

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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George Oppen (1908–1984), born into a prosperous German Jewish family, began his career as a protégé of Ezra Pound and a member of the Objectivist circle of poets; he eventually broke with Pound and became a member of the Communist party before returning to poetry more than twenty-five years later. William Bronk (1918–1999), by contrast, a descendant of the first European families in New York, was influenced by the works of Shakespeare, the King James Bible, and the work of the New England writers of the American Renaissance. Despite differences in background and orientation, the two men formed a deep friendship and shared a similar existential outlook. As Henry Weinfield demonstrates in this searching and original study, Oppen and Bronk are extraordinary thinkers in poetry who struggled with central questions of meaning and value and whose thought acquires the resonance of music in their work. These major writers created poetry of enduring value that has exerted an increasing influence on younger generations of poets. From his careful readings of Oppen’s and Bronk’s poetry to his fascinating examination of the letters they exchanged, Weinfield provides important aesthetic, epistemological, and historical insights into their poetry and poetic careers. In bringing together for the first time the work of two of the most important poets of the postwar generation, The Music of Thought not only illuminates their poetry but also raises important questions about American literary history and the categories in terms of which it has generally been interpreted.
Categories: Literary Criticism

New Collected Poems

New Collected Poems

"George Oppen's New Collected Poems gathers in one volume all of the poet's books published in his lifetime (1908-84), as well as his previously uncollected poems and a selection of his unpublished work.

Author: George Oppen

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811218058

Category: Poetry

Page: 425

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"George Oppen's New Collected Poems gathers in one volume all of the poet's books published in his lifetime (1908-84), as well as his previously uncollected poems and a selection of his unpublished work." "Editor Michael Davidson has written an introduction to the poet's life and work and supplies generous notes that give readers a deeper understanding of the background of the individual books and references in the poems. Essayist Eliot Weinberger provides a personal remembrance of the poet in his preface, "Oppen Then." This new, revised paperback edition also includes an extraordinary CD of the poet reading from each of his poetry books. Culled from obscure, rarely heard recordings of Oppen when he was in New York, San Francisco, and London at different times in his life, the CD adds a unique dimension to the lifework of one of America's finest poets."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Poetry

George Oppen

George Oppen

Author: Susan Thackrey

Publisher: O Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105110995250

Category: Poetry

Page: 74

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Cultural Writing. Poetics. "Susan Thackrey's meeting with George Oppen's poetry and other writings...is as courageous, revealing, and unfailingly 'studiously unprepared' an encounter of poet with poet as I know. She dares the risk of stepping in to the heart of Oppen's lifelong philosophic and artistic task, meanwhile unceasingly opening doors the rest of us might follow thru"-Steve Dickinson. "Susan Thackrey's essay provides a deep and precise account of Oppen as intellectual and as poet. It is especially noteworthy for its clear and persuasive account of how the poem can be 'mind in the world, coming into being, not mind or world, not one being a content or about the other'" - Charles Altieri.
Categories: Poetry

George Oppen

George Oppen

This book offers a detailed look into the life and works of Pulitzer Prize-winning Jewish American poet George Oppen.

Author: Lyn Graham Barzilai

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476614830

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 231

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This book offers a detailed look into the life and works of Pulitzer Prize-winning Jewish American poet George Oppen. Born in 1908 in New York State, Oppen spent parts of his life working as a die cutter and carpenter and later running a furniture factory. Like the work he did with his hands during those years, his poetry used basic materials; he favored short, simple nouns and focused on concrete objects rather than abstractions. This book examines the characteristics of Oppen's work, particularly his use of small and often odd phrasings and unusual line formations to express the ultimately inexpressible. The first three chapters delve into his primitive modes, language and materials. Subsequent chapters tackle his subjects: cityscapes, light and water, and then animals and their relation to human history and struggles. His final collection of poems, Primitive, is examined in its own chapter, which is followed by an exploration of recurring specific phrases and concrete images. The author demonstrates how Oppen's poetry restores to readers an essential dimension of communication and experience that has been ignored or forgotten.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Mind s Landscape

The Mind s Landscape

William Bronk , letter to George Oppen , 3 September 1964 , Mandeville Special Collections Library , University of California , San Diego . 8. Letters of George Oppen , 78. Oppen also criticizes Bronk's use of poetic meter as well ...

Author: David Clippinger

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 0874139147

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, the poet WilliamBronk (1918-1999) was a significant voice in the American literarylandscape. Even though he spent nearly all of his life in Hudson Falls, NY, Bronk was a vital presence in American poetry as evidenced byhis connections to Robert Frost, Charles Olson, George Oppen, RobertCreeley, Wallace Stevens, Susan Howe, Rosemarie Waldrop, andothers. The Mind's Landscape attempts to present a freshperspective of twentieth-century literary history as seen through thelens of Bronk's life as a writer
Categories: Literary Criticism

Selected Prose Daybooks and Papers

Selected Prose  Daybooks  and Papers

This is the first comprehensive critical edition of the unpublished writings of Pulitzer Prize-winning objectivist poet George Oppen (1908-1984).

Author: George Oppen

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520941063

Category: Poetry

Page: 296

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This is the first comprehensive critical edition of the unpublished writings of Pulitzer Prize-winning objectivist poet George Oppen (1908-1984). Editor Stephen Cope has made a judicious selection of Oppen's extant writings outside of poetry, including the essay "The Mind's Own Place" as well as "Twenty-Six Fragments," which were found on the wall of Oppen's study after his death. Most notable are Oppen's "Daybooks," composed in the decade following his return to poetry in 1958. Selected Prose, Daybooks, and Papers is an inspiring portrait of this essential writer and a testament to the creative process itself.
Categories: Poetry

Poetry as Re Reading

Poetry as Re Reading

Unless otherwise noted, all forms of emphasis in quotations of Oppen's poems are in the original. 2. Edward Hirsch, “ 'Out There Is the World': The Visual Imperative in the Poetry of George Oppen and Charles Tomlinson,” in George Oppen: ...

Author: Ming-Qian Ma

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810124837

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

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Grounded in a detailed and compelling account of the philosophy guiding such a project, Ma's book traces a continuity of thought and practice through the very different poetic work of objectivists Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, Carl Rakosi, and John Cage and language poets Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian, Bruce Andrews, and Charles Bernstein. His deft individual readings provide an opening into this notoriously difficult work, even as his larger critique reveals a new and clarifying perspective on American modernist and post-modernist avant-garde poetics. Ma shows how we cannot understand these poets according to the usual way of reading but must see how they deliberately use redundancy, unpredictability, and irrationality to undermine the meaning-oriented foundations of American modernism--and to force a new and different kind of reading."--Pub. desc.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Implosion of Negativity

The Implosion of Negativity

“Disappearances” as a Response to George Oppen's “Of Being Numerous” Like Rakosi and Zukofsky, George Oppen, too, had fallen silent for almost thirty years when he resumed his writing career in the early sixties with the publication of ...

Author: Andreas Hau

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783844870510

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 324

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Dissertation im Fachbereich Nordamerikanische Literatur und Kultur der Universität des Saarlandes. The Implosion of Negativity ist die erste Monografie zu Paul Austers Frühwerk. Bis 1980 betätigte sich Auster zehn Jahre lang fast ausschließlich als Lyriker, um danach nie wieder ein Gedicht zu veröffentlichen. The Implosion of Negativity versucht zu ergründen, wie es zu diesem Bruch kam, und analysiert detailliert Austers poetisches Vorleben. Dabei werden bislang unbeachtete Einflüsse wie Martin Buber und Paul Celan zutage gefördert. Die abschließende Untersuchung von The New York Trilogy zeigt exemplarisch, welche neuen interpretatorischen Ansätze die Kenntnis von Austers vergessenem Frühwerk ermöglicht: Der untote Lyriker wird zum Phantom, das unablässig Austers Romane heimsucht – und antreibt. Die Dissertation The Implosion of Negativity ist in englischer Sprache verfasst. Der Anhang enthält eine deutsche Zusammenfassung, eine umfassende Bibliographie und ein persönliches Interview mit Paul Auster. Englischer Klappentext: For most readers and critics Paul Auster’s oeuvre begins with The New York Trilogy, yet his major success as a novelist was preceded by a decade of almost obsessive devotion to poetry. The Implosion of Negativity is the first book-length study of Paul Auster’s early work. From his dense, intensely lyric sequences of the early 1970s to the more discursive style of Auster’s final book of poems, Facing the Music (1980), and on to his experimental prose of the early eighties, The Implosion of Negativity traces a fascinating journey through the author’s formative years. Andreas Hau’s dissertation begins with a detailed analysis of Auster’s early long poem “Unearth”, examines overlooked influences such as Paul Celan and Martin Buber, and continues with Auster’s exploration of his Jewish heritage in Wall Writing, his rediscovery of the American objectivists in “Disappearances”, and his encounters with the visual arts in Fragments from Cold. Subsequent chapters investigate Auster’s eventual break with the lyric form and the transitional phase of “genreless” prose in White Spaces and The Invention of Solitude. The Implosion of Negativity closes with a re-examination of The New York Trilogy in the light of Auster’s obscure early oeuvre and exemplifies how the undead poet has become the negative force that haunts – and fuels – Paul Auster’s novels to date. “I remain very attached to the poetry I wrote,” says Auster, “I still stand by it. In the final analysis, it could even be the best work I’ve ever done.” The Implosion of Negativity sheds new light on the genesis of one of America’s foremost writers. The appendix contains a comprehensive bibliography and a personal interview with Paul Auster.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Part of the Climate

Part of the Climate

In 1968 Oppen humorously defended himself against the charge that his poetry resembled Williams ' by saying that “ the opposite is true ” ; interview with L. S. Dembo , first printed as “ George Oppen , ” Contemporary Literature ...

Author: Jacqueline Vaught Brogan

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520909836

Category: NON-CLASSIFIABLE.

Page: 290

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Part of the Climate convincingly redefines American modernist poetry in light of developments in modern painting, particularly cubism. The traditional separation of the verbal and visual arts is cast aside here, as Brogan encourages a re-evaluation of modernism itself. Moreover, readers of modern poetry and literature will find this critical work doubly useful, since the author places the poetry of well-known modernists such as Pound, Eliot, and Williams alongside the harder-to-find work of important experimentalists such as Mina Loy, Louis Zukofsky, Gertrude Stein, and George Oppen. Jacqueline Vaught Brogan has assembled this much needed collection of experimental verse from the interwar years by going to the small magazines through which the poems reached their public. She not only shows how significantly many of these American poets of the early twentieth century were influenced by the aesthetic development of cubism in the visual arts but also argues that the cubist aesthetic, at least as it translated into the verbal domain, invariably involved political and ethical issues. The most important of these concerns was to extend the aesthetic revolution of cubism into a genuine revolution of the word. Brogan maintains, in fact, that the multiplicity inherent in cubism anticipates the deconstructive enterprise now seen in criticism itself. With this history of the cubist movement in American verse, she raises serious questions about the politics of canonization and asks us to consider the ethical responsibility of interpretation, both in the creative arts and in critical texts.
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Depression Glass

Depression Glass

Permission is acknowledged to reprint materials from the following sources: “Discrete Series” by George Oppen, from Collected Poems, copyright 1934 by The Objectivist Press. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

Author: Monique Vescia

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135493271

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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First Published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Ghostlier Demarcations

Ghostlier Demarcations

2 Palimtexts George Oppen , Susan Howe , and the Material Text Piling up pieces of paper to find the words George Oppen In the previous chapter , I described how Gertrude Stein's most recalcitrant work reveals a social narrative in ...

Author: Michael Davidson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520207394

Category: Poetry

Page: 273

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Why do modern poets quote from dictionaries in their poems? How has the tape recorder changed the poet's voice? What has shopping to do with Gertrude Stein's aesthetics? These and other questions form the core of Ghostlier Demarcations, a study of modern poetry as a material medium. One of today's most respected critics of twentieth-century poetry and poetics, Michael Davidson argues that literary materiality has been dominated by an ideology of modernism, based on the ideal of the autonomous work of art, which has hindered our ability to read poetry as a socially critical medium. By focusing on writing as a palimpsest involving numerous layers of materiality--from the holograph manuscript to the printed book--Davidson exposes modern poetry's engagement with larger historical forces. The palimpsest that results is less a poem than an arrested stage of writing in whose layers can be discerned ghostly traces of other texts. Why do modern poets quote from dictionaries in their poems? How has the tape recorder changed the poet's voice? What has shopping to do with Gertrude Stein's aesthetics? These and other questions form the core of Ghostlier Demarcations, a study of modern poetry as a material medium. One of today's most respected critics of twentieth-century poetry and poetics, Michael Davidson argues that literary materiality has been dominated by an ideology of modernism, based on the ideal of the autonomous work of art, which has hindered our ability to read poetry as a socially critical medium. By focusing on writing as a palimpsest involving numerous layers of materiality--from the holograph manuscript to the printed book--Davidson exposes modern poetry's engagement with larger historical forces. The palimpsest that results is less a poem than an arrested stage of writing in whose layers can be discerned ghostly traces of other texts.
Categories: Poetry

Short Form American Poetry

Short Form American Poetry

Cited in Peter Nicholls, George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism, p. 36. ... Oppen, Selected Prose, Daybooks and Papers, p. 49. ... Oppen suggests that this series of numbers should have appeared on the flyleaf of Discrete Series. 35.

Author: Will Montgomery

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748695331

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Reading a century of American poetry through the prism of short form, this book analyses the centrality of an aesthetic of brevity to American modernist verse.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Radical Artifice

Radical Artifice

"Conversation with George Oppen," GOMP 34-35. For an excellent discussion of the Heidegger-Oppen relationship, see Randolph Chilton, "The Place of Being in the Poetry of George Oppen," GOMP 89-112. The influence of Kierkegaard and ...

Author: Marjorie Perloff

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226657349

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Explores the intricate relationships of postmodern poetics to the culture of network television, advertising layout, and the computer. Perloff argues that poetry today, like the visual arts and theater, is always "contaminated" by the language of mass media. Among the many poets Perloff discusses are John Ashbery, George Oppen, Susan Howe, Clark Coolidge, Lyn Hejinian, Leslie Scalapino, Charles Bernstein, Johanna Drucker, Steve McCaffery, and preeminently, John Cage--Publisher.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Lyric In Its Times

Lyric In Its Times

23 Andrea Brady, 'Object Lessons', review of New Collected Poems by Oppen, Poetry Review, Vol. 94 (Spring 2004), p. 66. 24 Peter Nicholls, George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007, p. 92.

Author: John Wilkinson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350093928

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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In this important new intervention, leading poet and critic John Wilkinson explores the material life of the lyric poem. How does the lyric – considered as an object, as an event – grapple with permanence and impermanence, the rhythms of change and the passing of time? Drawing on new insights from contemporary philosophy and object-oriented ontology, psychoanalysis and the visual arts, The Lyric in Its Times includes innovative and insightful new readings of work by a wide range of lyric poets, from Shakespeare, Blake and Shelley to Charles Baudelaire, Frank O'Hara and J.H. Prynne.
Categories: Literary Criticism