Ed Dorn Live: Lectures, Interviews, and Outtakes

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University of Michigan Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 170 pages

“Ed Dorn’s achievement has been to create single-handedly a language of public reference, and to have brought within the sphere of expressive language and poetic experience objects and feelings which had been, literally, unimaginable in those terms. It is in this context that he is one of the masters of our contemporary language.”
—Peter Ackroyd

“Ed was one of the most thoughtful but penetrating thinkers. There was no PollyAnna in him at all. And that’s what I liked about him.”
—Amiri Baraka

Along with Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, William Carlos Williams, and others, Edward Dorn taught at and became associated with the Black Mountain school in North Carolina. Although influenced by Charles Olson, Dorn’s poetry was really like no other’s. The Virginia Quarterly Review called him “an experienced and accomplished poet who has absorbed Olson, Williams, and Pound and moved beyond them.”

This book is especially important for the way it synthesizes Dorn’s views on poetic experimentation, the distinction between consciousness and sensibility, and “heretical” intellection, which is to say the components of his poetics of aggression.

 

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Contents

On the Authority of Root Meanings the External
6
On the Making of Gunslinger circa Chicago 1971
22
Abhorrences concerning the State of American Poetry
30
Interview at Madison
45
From Imperial Chicago
57
A Correction of the Public Mind
69
Statements on Olson Bunting and Duncan
78
The Cooperman Interviews
92
Last Lectures
117
The Protestant Ethic Revisited
135
Through the Rearview Mirror
143
The Last Interviews
153
Bibliography
168
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