Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry Volume Two: From Postwar to Millennium

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Univ of California Press, 1995 - Poetry - 912 pages
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As we come to the beginning of a new century, we find that the entire vista of modern poetry has dramatically changed. Poems for the Millennium captures the essence of that change, and unlike any anthology available today it reveals the revolutionary concepts at the very heart of contemporary poetry. International in its coverage, these volumes bring together the poets and poetry movements that radically altered the ways that art and language express the human condition. Volume 2 offers a dazzling chronicle of the second "great awakening" of experimental poetry in the twentieth century. Ranging from the period of World War II through the cold war to the onset of the twenty-first century, this volume presents two "galleries" of individual poets such as Holan, Olson, Rukeyser, Jabčs, Celan, Mac Low, Pasolini, Bachmann, Finlay, Ginsberg, Adonis, Rich, U Tam'si, Baraka, Takahashi, Waldman, and Bei Dao. There are also samplings of local and international movements: the Beats, the Vienna Group, the Cobra poets and artists, the Arabic-language Tammuzi poets, the creators of a new "Concrete Poetry," the "postwar poets" of Japan, the Italian Novissimi and Avan-Guardia, the Chinese Misty Poets, and the North American Language Poets. In addition, an extended section is devoted to examples of the "art of the manifesto" and two smaller groupings of traditional "oral poets" and of experimenters with machine art and cyberpoetics. Poet-editors Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris provide informative and irreverent commentaries throughout. They challenge old truths and propose alternative directions, in the tradition of the manifestos that have marked the art and poetry of the twentieth century. The result is both an essential resource for experiencing the full range of contemporary poetic possibilities and an arresting statement on the future of poetry in the millennium ahead.
 

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Contents

Göran Sonnevi
3
Charles Olson
5
Robert Kelly
7
O N T NU I T E
9
Introduction I
11
Paul Celan
24
Pablo Neruda
64
Muriel Rukeyser
70
Jerome Rothenberg
465
Paavo Haavikko
473
Andrew Peynetsa
490
Tom Waits
504
Ted Berrigan
526
POST WA R J A PAN ES E POETRY
539
Fujii Sadakazu
552
Ode to Language
562

Marie Luise Kaschnitz
79
Samuel Beckett
86
Myth of the Blaze
92
Maximus from DogtownII
99
John Cage
108
Friederike Mayröcker
120
Amos Tutuola
158
Denise Levertov
201
Robin Blaser
217
Claude Gauvreau
230
Pierre Alechinsky
245
Paul Blackburn
261
Allen Ginsberg
278
Frank OHara
289
O N C R ET E POET
303
Karl Young
317
Armand Schwerner
321
Joyce Mansour
335
Adrienne Rich
351
S O N1 E B E AT P O
364
Gregory Corso
371
Prima
377
Michel Deguy
386
Dialogue with the Dead
392
The Humpbacked Flute Player
398
T H E A R T OF T H E M A N F E S T 0
408
THREE STATENT ENTS
409
Black Dada Nihilismus 42
422
Ishmael Reed
441
Prima
449
Tchicaya U Tamsi
457
Jayne Cortez
576
Am the Babe of Joseph Stalins Daughter
589
Giulia Niccolai
610
Tom Phillips
626
The Ice Eagle
639
Demon colors dark
652
Ron Silliman
665
The Gallery 477
677
NotFrance
679
Simon Ortiz
687
from Memory for Forgetfulness
702
Michael Palmer
718
Charles Stein
733
Duo
756
Pierre Joris
770
Habib Tengour
783
Will Alexander
798
Victor Hernandez Cruz
804
T O WA R D A C Y B E R P O ET C
817
Maggie OSullivan
830
Robert Duncan
847
Mad Talk 239
857
Konrad Bayer
858
Epigraph If there were a part of life dark enough
859
Didactic Poem on the Nature of History A D 1954
861
Message to Myself 367
862
from Désamere 737
864
Index of Authors
869
Paul Celan
873
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Jerome Rothenberg is a poet and one of the world's leading anthologists. His more than fifty books include Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania (California, 1985). He is Professor of Visual Arts and Literature at the University of California, San Diego. Pierre Joris is a poet and has published over twenty books and chapbooks of poetry as well as many anthologies and translations. He is Professor of English at the State University of New York, Albany.