Max Lesser uncovers the unintended legacy of Charles Olson. First, some simplicities that a man learns, if he works in OPEN or what can also be called COMPOSITION BY FIELD, as opposed to inherited line, stanza, over-all . FROM CHARLES OLSON’S “PROJECTIVE VERSE”. (1) A poem is energy transferred from where the poet got it (he will have some several causations), by way.

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Projective Verse

And I think it can be boiled down to one statement first pounded into my head cahrles Edward Dahlberg: In order to help the poet, Olson offers a principle to guide her. The more evocative the bouquet, the more the subject imbues her found objects with her character. It stems from his central project: A poem is energy transferred from where the poet got it he will have some several causationsby way of the poem itself to, all the way over to, the reader.

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Creeley, and it makes absolute sense to me, with this possible corollary, that right form, in any given poem, is the only and exclusively possible extension of content under hand. In Ikebanathe work itself the bouquet consists almost entirely of objects found in nature. This is the Catch of projective verse, which can be illustrated by analogy with the Japanese art of flower arrangement Ikebana. The rhythm of a poem should prohective the exigencies of each breath that the poet breathes in speaking.


projfctive The failure of projective verse to eliminate the subjective sense of the poet-as-speaker is thus, paradoxically, a consequence of its success. Another glance at his political screeds may solidify it.


Here again, projective verse proves limited in its capacity to eliminate the subject — precisely because its power draws attention to the fact that objects of perception are perceived by a projectiev head and a singular heart, precisely because these perceptions are communicated in a manner that pulsates with the music of a singular breath.

This appears to be an acknowledged fact among contemporary practitioners of projective verse.

To take advantage of all LARB has to offer, please create an account or log in before joining It is much more, for example, this push, than simply such a one as Pound put, so wisely, projectige get us started: But can projective poems actually eliminate the poet-as-subject?

Any exposition of a perceived object, when made well, draws attention to the power of the perceiving subject. But what ever happened to the legacy of Charles Olson? If any poem epitomizes the nuts and bolts of projective verse, this is it. And it involves a whole series of but new recognitions.

Letter to the Editor: Where does one start? Can we really expect to sort through so many different voices from so many different backgrounds?

Olson clearly adheres to the mechanics of projective verse, but can he overcome his self? Grasped by What We Cannot Grasp: Here, the ideas and inventions of American icons such as John Dewey and Buckminster Fuller would merge with the teachings of exiled European intellectuals and artists, including Albert Einstein, Walter Gropius, and Josef Albers.


Any human action, from physical construction to constructing verse, involves breath.

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There is less than a week left to support our matching grant fund drive! North Carolina, in the depths of the Great Depression, where a number of faculty members recently dismissed from Rollins College for refusing to sign projectivf loyalty pledge founded the legendary Black Mountain College. From Bauhaus to Black Mountain: Yet the reader is forced to marvel at the voice that has built these meaningful links.

What does one mean by 20th-century American poetry? Why does his surname lack the resonance of Cage and Ginsberg? A Search in Obedience: Then the poem itself must, at all points, be a charels energy-construct and, at all points, an energy-discharge.

Projective Verse

That reputation, though unfortunate, may be well deserved. There it is, brothers, sitting there, for USE. He plays saxophone and has composed music for the LA Phil.

Yet the acts of curating and positioning particular flowers — and even the very act of presenting flowers in the first place — testifies to the existence of a subject who made these decisions, a singular individual who took these actions.

And his repeated association of words that overlap both semantically and sonically speaks to his ability to attune his ear to the mythopoeic nature of syllables.