In the first three chapters, he deploys biographical resources to complicate the reception histories of Louis Zukofsky
, Muriel Rukeyser, and Charles Olson.
In 1950 Louis Zukofsky
in A-12 wrote a 'simplified' version which has become better known: 'Everything should be as simple as it can be, / Says Einstein, / But not simpler.'
Later, he met the influential American modernist poets Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky
, who helped to shape his own literary development.
The English-language writers discussed in the next three essays follow upon the Yiddish writers chronologically, from the 1930s into the 1960s, these selections taking up a set of poets who belong to what can be described as the middle generation--writing after the great swell of Jewish American modernists such as Charles Reznikoff and Louis Zukofsky
. For the poets examined here, Muriel Rukeyser, Delmore Schwartz, and Stanley Kunitz afford a striking opportunity to acquire a fuller understanding of just how deeply Jewishness is implicated in the larger story of American poetry in the forties and fifties.
I want to look at two (of many) poetic works written in (direct) response to The Waste Land, William Carlos Williams' Spring and All (1923) and Louis Zukofsky
's "Poem beginning 'The'" (1926/281).
Gilberto Owen coincide con Federico Garcia Lorca, Jose Limon, Homer Collyer y Louis Zukofsky
, entre otros.
Niedecker's first comment on Kennedy's role in the Bay of Pigs invasion came in a letter of May 10, 1961, to Louis Zukofsky
, in which she confessed: "I can't get over Cuba invasion and J.
Yeats, Gertrude Stein, H.D., William Faulkner, Djuna Barnes, Dorothy Richardson, George Moore, Edmund Gosse, Aldous Huxley, Malcom Cowley, Andre Gide, Ferdinand Celine, Jean Genet, Arthur Symons, Charles Reznikoff, Louis Zukofsky
, John Rodker, Amy Lowell, Babette Deutsch, Israel Zangwill, Edward Arlington Robinson and Vachel Lindsay.
He was a close friend of Ezra Pound's, and he corresponded regularly with William Carlos Williams and Louis Zukofsky
. Yet he published too little in those days of "high modernism" to establish a lasting reputation.
Topics include reading the difficult, canonical strategies and the question of authority, Basil Bunting (with and without Louis Zukofsky
), thinking with the poem, reading Niedecker, Niedecker and Bunting, Richard Caddel, Mina Loy, George Oppen and some women writers, Robert Creeley, Lyn Hejinian, McCafferty's The Black Debt, Bruce Andrews, and finally, the reading of the book.
Richard Parker's "Louis Zukofsky
's American Zen" offers a similarly complicated and well-documented account of Zukofsky's interest in Asian aesthetics both by way and in spite of Ezra Pound, while Christine Froula's "Prousts China" draws out a very specific notion of Chinas "high craft" (and Asian "techne") that found its way into A la Recherche du Temps Perdu through the orientalist visual culture of Johannes Vermeer, and made important contributions to Prousts notion of temporality and writerly technique.
His two most recent books, Red Arcadia and Torture Garden: Naked City Pastorelles, read as an ongoing engagement with both urban modernity and the work of writers like Louis Zukofsky
, William Carlos Williams, and Walter Benjamin.