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The collections included in full are: Can we find a parallel here with other modern artists — Rothko, Shostakovich, Beckett — who found themselves, in extremis and in their later works, continuing to create less and less, moving inexorably towards the point where they would be left with nothing, the point presumably of artistic extinction? The directives for a new language clarify the directions of the meditations. The shift then appears in the process of the poem in its final section seeking through a series of dense metaphors to exact the activity of a new language instead of trying to put the vision forward as a clear visual image.
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The poems tell stories, perhaps parables, construct imaginary scenes and events to demonstrate the process of the mind seeking ways of articulating the visionary experiences or aspects of the visionary experience. Familiar themes also appear in the poems as do new ways of importing referential materials into the poems.
The first poem contains the lines:. Egyptian thorn milk waters. This version tells an imaginary story of regaining the action of the memory as an aspect of the poetics of finding the new vocabulary.
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While the poem relates itself to a previous poem, it relies on the process of seeing and remembering, not a casual plot. The enactment of the process allows the poem to simply stop without the generous consideration of the unities or a sustained narrative inside the poem or among the following poems.
The so-called fragment then becomes a valuable unit of poetic composition. It begins in a fanciful way, not with realistic depictions, and then continues, as if the speaker were talking to his audience:. The Camp if it is a camp rotates slowly on its axis.
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Then the meditation stops without coming to an enlightening conclusion, or a passage on to the next poem. A gap separates the scene and the containment of the scene in words. These late poems cling to the activity of language forming itself in place of either a prophetic stance or a dogmatic position. Predeterminations of formal structures also disappear so the poems are free to move into the lines and rhythms they create themselves.
The variety of line lengths and forms of expression should and does indicate that the sounds of words and accumulation of the stories they tell measure out the forms the poems take. The poems do have common concerns, like the forces of geography, multiple relations with the landscape, history, memory, and circles of friends. It allowed him to make up an imagined geography by imposing one set of forms on another and then reacting to its existence as if it were actually physical. The imagined geography helped to move the poems toward the process of thought.
Beyond a fixed idea of geography he could imagine new places for his favorite themes. The themes recur like the wheel of the plains and the cry of the crows as elements assisting the impulse to find that vocabulary of expression to contain and even project those fleeting moments when the numen arrives and then disappears.
The appearance is itself a process of tearing down old orders and ideas to embrace new ones, and by choosing a related process of finding the vocabulary of vision, the poems come closer to expression than using a visual image. The poems can be considered fragments, and they might be as fragmentary as the vision itself, but they are reliable enactments of the perceptions. So is the situation of conceiving the poem as taking place in a field of information. Cultivating poetry with accompanying information was a feature of Io , a magazine where Irby and many poets published, along with Alcheringa , edited by Dennis Tedlock and Jerome Rothenberg.
Irby managed his own procedures of bringing information into the poem as part of the activity of conceiving the poem, not as awkward footnotes. Other poets, like Irby, not on the center stage of the literary world, arrived at similar concepts of serial form; they include Theodore Enslin, John Taggart, Susan Howe, Michael Palmer, and Nathanial Mackey. In the s and s Language Poetry seized center stage. Poems — , the period when Language Poetry held the loudest microphone, came forward with a proposition of a serial, visionary poetics to participate in a group of poets who have asserted major and consequential accomplishments in contemporary literary history.
The great wheel of the plains turns again. Collected Poems, — Berkeley: North Atlantic, are cited with page numbers in parentheses in the main text.
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Before the Civil War, he was elected Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite, and after the war he retained that title in a career as a lawyer and writer; he published the book Morals and Dogma of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in He may be right. In a strict literary sense an allegory posits a one-to-one relationship between image and idea. Or, Good Works equals good works. I associate parables with the stories Wallace Stevens tells, of Canon Aspirin, for example, as possible ways of understanding an interaction between imagination and reality.
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