Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose

Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose

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This volume in the Collected Writings of Robert Duncan series gathers a far-reaching selection of Robert Duncan’s prose writings including most of his longer and more well-known essays along with other prose that has never been widely available. Ranging in original publication dates between 1940 and 1985, the forty-one titles reveal a great deal about Duncan’s life in poetry—including his impressions of poets whose work he admires, both contemporaries and precursors. Evocative and eclectic, this work delineates the intellectual contexts and sources of Duncan’s poetics, and opens a window onto the literary communities in which he participated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520324848
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Series: The Collected Writings of Robert Duncan , #4
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 586
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Duncan (1919-1988) was one of the major writers in the San Francisco Renaissance movement and is considered one of the most accomplished and influential of the postwar American poets. A foremost figure among the New American and Black Mountain poets, Duncan, following the death of Charles Olson, became the leading practitioner of a nontraditional open form poetry. He is the author of The Opening of the Field, Roots and Branches, and Bending the Bow, among other works.

James Maynard is Associate Curator of the Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo, and has written extensively on the work of Robert Duncan. His other editorial projects include a new edition of Duncan’s Ground Work: Before the War/In the Dark and (Re:)Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



Part I: 1940s

1. An Embryo for God: Tropic of Capricorn

2. The Homosexual in Society

3. What to Do Now

4. Reviewing View, an Attack

5. Poetics of Music: Stravinsky

6. The Poet and Poetry—A Symposium

Part II: 1950s

7. Pages from a Notebook

8. From a Notebook

9. Notes on Poetics regarding Olson’s Maximus

Part III: 1960s

10. Properties and Our REAL Estate

11. Ideas of the Meaning of Form

12. After For Love

13. Preface: Helen Adam, Ballads

14. Poetry before Language

15. The Lasting Contribution of Ezra Pound

16. The Sweetness and Greatness of Dante’s Divine Comedy

17. Introduction: William Everson, Single Source

18. Towards an Open Universe

19. The Truth and Life of Myth: An Essay in Essential Autobiography

20. A Critical Difference of View

21. Man’s Fulfillment in Order and Strife

22. Jack Spicer, Poet: 1925–1965

Part IV: 1970s

23. Changing Perspectives in Reading Whitman

24. Notes on Grossinger’s Solar Journal: Oecological Sections

25. Iconographical Extensions

26. Of George Herms, His Hermes, and His Hermetic Art

27. From Notes on the Structure of Rime

28. Preface to a Reading of Passages 1–22

29. Kopóltuš

30. Introduction: Allen Upward, The Divine Mystery

31. An Art of Wondering

32. A Reading of Thirty Things

33. As Testimony: Reading Zukofsky These Forty Years

34. Wallace Berman: The Fashioning Spirit

35. In Introduction: John Taggart, Dodeka

Part V: 1980s

36. Preface: Jack Spicer, One Night Stand & Other Poems

37. The Adventure of Whitman’s Line

38. The Self in Postmodern Poetry

39. Statement on Jacobus for Borregaard’s Museum

40. Afterword: Beverly Dahlen, The Egyptian Poems

41. The Delirium of Meaning

Appendix: List of Uncollected Essays and Other Prose


Works Cited in the Essays

Acknowledgments of Permissions


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