Collected Poems: With Notes Toward the Memoirs

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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An essential collection. This groundbreaking edition compiles many of the late unpublished works of American writer Djuna Barnes (1892-1982). Because she published only seven poems and a play during the last forty years of her life, scholars believed Barnes wrote almost nothing during this period. But at the time of her death her apartment was filled with multiple drafts of unpublished poetry and notes toward her memoirs, both included here for the first time. Best known for her [illegible] lesbian novel Nightwood, Barnes has always been considered a crucial modernist. Her later poetry will only enhance this reputation as it shows her remarkable evolution from a competent young writer to a deeply intellectual poet in the metaphysical tradition. With the full force of her biting wit and dramatic [illegible], Barnes's autobiographical notes describe the expatriate scene in Paris during the 1920s, including her interactions with James Joyce and [illegible] Stein and her intimate recollections of T S Eliot. These memoirs provide a rare opportunity to experience the intense personality of this complex and fascinating poet.
 

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Contents

Introduction
13
fyrly Tublishei Toems 191129
23
Death 1916
56
To an Idol 1916
62
To the Hands of a Beloved 1919
70
Vaudeville 1915 1923
76
A Book 1923 and A Night Among the Horses 1929
82
Song in Autumn
88
Pharaoh
169
Discant Pregnant women
176
Dereliction There is no sanctuary
182
Satires The Honeydew
188
Dereliction When beasts
195
Discant Nothings as vanquished
201
A Victim Is a State of Decline
207
electeaNotes on T Qiot
231

arly Tjnpublisbed Toems 192025
95
late Tublisbed Toems 193882
131
Dereliction Man cannot purge
149
Descant There is no gender
155
Imigo
161
The Satirics They called Jesus
167
Vantage Qround
243
Tarewell Taris
249
War in Tarts 1939
263
Notes
273
In General 46
283
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About the author (2005)

Phillip Herring is professor emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin?Madison and now lives in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the biography Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes. Osías Stutman, poet, immunologist, and professor emeritus at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, has published a Spanish translation of Barnes's poetry, which was on the bestseller list in Spain, where he now lives. His poems have been published in a variety of books and magazines.

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