The poem of a life: a biography of Louis Zukofsky

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Shoemaker & Hoard, Nov 1, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 572 pages
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The Poem of a Life is the first critical biography of Louis Zukofsky, a fascinating and crucially important American modernist poet. It details the curve of his career, from the early Waste Land-parody “Poem beginning 'The'” (1926) to the dense and tantalizing beauties of his last poems, 80 Flowers(1978), paying special attention to the monumental, complex, and formally various epic poem “A”, on which Zukofsky labored for almost fifty years, and which he called “a poem of a life.”
Zukofsky was a protégé of Ezra Pound's, an artistic collaborator and close friend of William Carlos Williams's, and the leader of a whole school of 1930s avant-garde poets, the Objectivists. Later in life he was close friends with such younger writers as Robert Creeley, Paul Metcalf, Robert Duncan, Jonathan Williams, and Guy Davenport. His work spans the divide from modernism to postmodernism, and his later writings have proved an inspiration to whole new generations of innovative poets. Zukofsky's poetry is oblique, condensed, and as fantastically detailed as the late writings of James Joyce, yet it bears at every point the marks of the poet's life and times.

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I'd been waiting for and wanting this biography. Louis Zukofsky was one of the more interesting and influential poets of his time. I'd had a long fascination with his work and had been reading his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Albert - Goodreads

Brilliant. Reading "A" now, and complete shorts on the way. Also, just borrowed Bunting's complete from NYPL. Read full review


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In addition to The Wesleyan Centennial Edition of the Complete Critical Writings, LOUIS ZUKOFSKY's many books include "A," The Complete Short Poetry, and The Collected Fiction. MARK SCROGGINS is author of Louis Zukofsky and the Poetry of Knowledge (1998). CHARLES BERNSTEIN is Professor of English at SUNY-Buffalo.

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