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- DescriptionBoth poets, opening this third year of their correspondence, are discovered in unsettled life-states -- Creeley restlessly moving his young family around isolated Mediterranean villages, Olson drifting indecisively between conflicting roles as mentor at Black Mountain and writer in Washington, D.C. -- but the intensity and volume of their letters remains a constant, comprising the mutually-proposed foundation in thought and words that secures and locates both men in the midst of the challenging projective openness of their still highly indeterminate creative existences.Freedom is moreover a large underlying theme here, with Olson, privately going through a marital crisis at the time, perhaps signalling something of his closely-guarded inner struggle in characteristically impersonal comments on the tragedy of individual freedom: Fixed fate itself is single pattern but is the pattern any man imposes , he declares. The limits of his freedom are only the limits of his willingness to ackwledge force... I will t be intimidated by any assumptive pattern, even the most pressing dream, let alone any agent or expression of force outside myself . I think that one can be open , Creeley writes back to his as-yet-unmet friend from across the wide ocean, unless there is singleness in him . For his part, Creeley's letters here increasingly demonstrate the insistently desperate singularity that informs his early poetry with its special temper and character. The verse indeed w can be seen to mature visibly, a familiar signature of genius emerging before our eyes in the poet's careful glosses of such early pieces as After Lorca , from a letter of June 23, 1952: The other night, manwho works the garden, or most of it, talking about... Lorca who he grew up with... I made a translation of his telling it, he gave it in Spanish, and then in a sort of French -- with real wild movements of his hands... It's a damn wild feel, to get anything like that. Mouth to mouth. I have never had it before.. .
- Author(s)Charles Olson,Robert Creeley,Robert Creely
- PublisherDavid R. Godine Publisher Inc
- Date of Publication01/07/1996
- SubjectAutobiography: Literary
- Series TitleThe complete correspondence
- Place of PublicationSanta Rosa, CA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBlack Sparrow Press,U.S.
- Weight435 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine22 mm
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