Anew: Complete Shorter Poetry

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New Directions Publishing, Dec 21, 2010 - Poetry - 365 pages
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     Anew, sun, to fire summer
     leaves move toward the air
     from the stems of the branches

           fire summer fire summer
                  —from Anew

Here is the complete music-filled arc of Louis Zukofsky’s shorter verse collectedin one volume: lyrical love poems written to his wife Celia and son Paul; thegroundbreaking “Poem Beginning ‘The,’ ” “which sends up ‘The Waste Land’ andits cultural vision in a cloud of bricolage, a hilarious pastiche of quotes, canon andkitsch, high and low hopelessly intertwined” (Michael Palmer); the boisterous,riotous translations of Catullus; spare, brilliant nature poems as if written by anancient hokku master; his genius “ ‘Mantis’ ” sestina; the enigmatic, spiraling, andbeautiful last poems, “80 Flowers.” Anew: Complete Shorter Poetry is a book ofblessings and gifts for any poetry lover.

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More agreeable than Ezra Pound, more difficult than William Carlos Williams, Zukofsky has drawn fewer acolytes than either despite similar achievement. His mighty "A , '' as imposing as the Cantos or ... Read full review

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Louis Zukofsky spent forty-six years writing his masterwork "A," and died before he could see the completed version published. Poet, translator, fiction writer, essayist, anthologist, critic, teacher, WPA worker, and binding force of the Objectivist poets, Zukofsky was born in New York City and lived in or near the city his whole life.

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