Thing of Beauty: New and Selected Works

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University of California Press, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 502 pages
"Jackson Mac Low's poetry and prose exceeds narrow definitions of artists by movements or poets by style. His work began with and returned to timeless subjects such as children, animals, love, war, death, and God, diverging at points into rigorously imposed structures, systems, and chance operations in an effort to suppress the ego in his art. At one point, embarrassed by his depth of feeling, Mac Low confesses to being an 'existential poet,' a declaration that the title of the poem A Lack of Balance But Not Fatal contradicts with modest and generous humor. This is an important and often very moving anthology of Mac Low's thought, at the same time as it reflects the preoccupations of his generation and ranges over a wide variety of approaches to writing and art making. Thing of Beauty is a "manifesto," the term Mac Low would use to describe expressions of personal truth; and his are beautiful."—Kristine Stiles, Professor of Art History, Duke University

"In this generous selection of Jackson Mac Low's work, we can see, first hand, the poet's profound understanding of the physics of language and his exuberant articulation of the sounds of words in unpredictable motions. The multiplicity of Mac Low's forms and his rejection of any hierarchy among the forms of poetry (objective and subjective, expository or nonrepresentational, lyric and epic), along with his refusal to identify poetic composition with a characteristic 'voice' of the poet and his rejection of traditional aesthetic standards of beauty, are among the chief marks of his iconoclastic genius. Mac Low's magnificent and multidimensional poems open vast expanses for the imagination to inhabit."—Charles Bernstein

"This is one of the great watershed events in recent publishing history. Mac Low's reputation has exploded on the poetry scene since his death."—Hannah Higgins, author of Fluxus Experience
 

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Poet and visual artist Tardos, whose visual texts have been exhibited in venues like New York City's Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale (Fluxus Pavillion), met Mac Low in 1975; the two ... Read full review

Contents

Selections from The 11th of July 19 Cubist Poems New York
29
Proletarian NurseryRhyme
35
Selections from Stanzas for Iris Lezak 1960
49
Previously unpublished
55
Poe and Psychoanalysis
56
Madrid
58
Haiku from the above
64
Selections from Asymmetries 1260 and Later Asymmetries
80
Manifest
247
Selections from From Pearl Harbor Day to FDRs Birthday
267
Dialogos for John
276
Selections from Pieces o
281
Pieces o SixXXI
294
1st Merzgedicht in Memoriam Kurt Schwitters
308
Order Realistic
321
Selections from 154 Forties
337

Asymmetry 237
87
Asymmetry 373
93
Speech 9 August 1961
95
DrawingAsymmetry 41
108
Selections from The Presidents of the United States of America
122
A Collection of 40 Dances
133
Selections from PFR3 Poems
139
From South
145
26 AM Tues 28 July 1970
151
30 PM Sun 31 Oct 1971
157
4th Mother Dead Poem
160
phone
167
Quatorzains from for Emily Dickinson
175
Selection from Words nd Ends from
181
Selected Gathas
192
Free Gatha 1
198
Light Poems Chart
204
September 1979September 2004
233
Selections from Bloomsday
240
Kandinsky Nature Nacreous Zeke Forties 8
343
Almost Casanova Electricity Forties 24
349
Attitudes Narrowly Balance Paper Shadows Forties 56
355
Finding Your Own Name Forties 154
361
Staley Mori Parkins
370
Selections from the Stein Poems
376
And One That Clear Stein 15
382
Pleasant to Be Repeating Very Little of This Stein 32
389
Be Gentle to a Greek Stein 53
398
Care Firm Stein 69
400
Mercy Entirely Astonishing Stein 94
406
Pointing Out Your Silvery Song Stein 122Titles 19
412
Wrinkles Wisdom Despairs Most Leadenly Bays at Age
418
Agnes Cried in July HSC 5
425
It Will Glow Unseen Until It Doesnt HSCH 1
433
Feeling Down Clementi Felt Imposed upon from Every
439
Publications
445
About Jackson Mac Low
451
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Jackson Mac Low (1922-2004) was a poet, composer, painter, and multimedia performance artist. He is the author of more than twenty-five books including Doings (2005), Pieces o' Six (1993), and Twenties (1992). Anne Tardos is a poet, performer, visual artist, and composer. She is the author of many books including The Dik-dik's Solitude: New and Selected Works (2003), Uxudo (1999), and Mayg-shem Fish (1995).

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