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Ed Dorn Live

Lectures, Interviews, and Outtakes
Edward Dorn
Edited by Joseph Richey
Collects the commentary of the later years and last days of one of America's most powerful and unique poets

Description

"Ed Dorn's achievement has been to create single-handedly a language of public reference, and to have brought within the sphere of expressive language and poetic experience objects and feelings which had been, literally, unimaginable in those terms. It is in this context that he is one of the masters of our contemporary language."
---Peter Ackroyd

"Ed was one of the most thoughtful but penetrating thinkers. There was no PollyAnna in him at all. And that's what I liked about him."
---Amiri Baraka

Along with Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, and others, Edward Dorn taught at and became associated with the Black Mountain school in North Carolina.

Although influenced by Charles Olson, Dorn's poetry is truly sui generis. The Virginia Quarterly Review called him "an experienced and accomplished poet who has absorbed Olson, Williams, and Pound and moved beyond them."

Ed Dorn Live is especially important for the way it synthesizes Dorn's views on poetic experimentation; the distinction between consciousness and sensibility; and "heretical" intellection, which is to say the components of his poetics of aggression.

Joseph Richey is an independent literary scholar and editor who studied with Ed Dorn at the University of Colorado (1990-92).

Peter Michelson is a poet, essayist, and critic. His books include Speaking the Unspeakable and When the Revolution Really.

Praise / Awards

  • "[achievement] acheivement has been to create single-handedly a language of public reference, and to have brought within the sphere of expressive language and poetic experience objects and feelings which had been, literally, unimaginable in those terms. It is in this context that he is one of the masters of our contemporary language."
    ---Peter Ackroyd

  • "Ed was one of the most thoughtful but penetrating thinkers. There was no PollyAnna in him at all. And that's what I liked about him."
    ---Amiri Baraka

  • "[With] Ed Dorn Live . . . critics may begin to realize what Dorn's fans have known for some time: the late work is sustained on razor-sharp perceptions and keen intellection capable of sizing up cultural events with precision and, frequently, great humor."
    ---Bookslut

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Copyright © 2007, University of Michigan. All rights reserved. Posted September 2007 and February 2008.

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Product Details

  • 5.375 x 8.
  • 184pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2007
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-06862-3

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