My Vocabulary Did this to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer

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Peter Gizzi, Kevin Killian
Wesleyan University Press, 2008 - Poetry - 465 pages
20 Reviews
In 1965, when the poet Jack Spicer died at the age of forty, he left behind a trunkful of papers and manuscripts and a few copies of the seven small books he had seen to press. A West Coast poet, his influence spanned the national literary scene of the 1950s and í60s, though in many ways Spicerís innovative writing ran counter to that of his contemporaries in the New York School and the West Coast Beat movement. Now, more than forty years later, Spicerís voice is more compelling, insistent, and timely than ever. During his short but prolific life, Spicer troubled the concepts of translation, voice, and the act of poetic composition itself. My Vocabulary Did This to Me is a landmark publication of this essential poetís life work, and includes poems that have become increasingly hard to find and many published here for the first time.
  

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Review: My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry

User Review  - Terence - Goodreads

This took me a while to read, the language is so rich and poems kind of sneak up on you. You'll remember a line months later. 1000 thank yous to Kevin Killian for the introduction and the gift. What a great collection. Read full review

Review: My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry

User Review  - Tosh - Goodreads

Brilliant poetry and extremely essential must have. Read full review

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JACK SPICER (1925-1965) published books including After Lorca (1957), Billy the Kid (1959), and The Holy Grail (1962). PETER GIZZI is a poet and author of numerous books, including The Outernationale (2007), who lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. KEVIN KILLIAN is a poet, novelist, critic, and playwright living in San Francisco.

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