CHARLES OLSON MAXIMUS POEMS PDF

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Return to Book Page. The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson. Praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors, Charles Olson was declared by William Carlos Williams to be “a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me.

Paperbackpages. Published July 25th by University of California Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Maximus Poemsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Too much blabbering that couldn’t have been less poetic if it tried! Not enough poems in these Maximus Poems. Feb 15, Peycho Kanev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Robert Duncan, in his essay “Regarding Olson’s ‘Maximus,'” writes: Homo maximus wrests his life from the underworld as the Gloucester fisherman wrests his from the sea.

Pound said it was a poem with history. Olson visited Pound, argued with him, and Pound said Olson saved his life.

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But Olson disagreed with Pound on many issues. Olson actually began working on an epic in the 40s, but for some reason was unsatisfied. The remnants can be found in his first book of poems, “In Cold Hell, In Thicket” which was published around the same time as the first ten Maximus poems.

Olson did not consider himself “a poet” or “a writer” by profession, but rather that maximue and rare “archeologist of morning,” reminiscent of Thoreau. He wrote on a typewriter. For the first time the poet has the stave and the bar a musician has had. For the first time he can, without the convention of rime and meter, record the listening he has done to his own speech and by that one act indicate how he would want jaximus reader, silently maximuw otherwise, to voice his work.

Nov 04, James Murphy rated it it was poemw. This is Olson’s heroic long poem in tribute to Gloucester, Massachusetts and to the people who lived there in which he tells much of its history as a fishing port, even going back to its place in the original Pangaean continent.

The poem connects Gloucester to many of the cultural sources we associate with the eastern Mediterranean and south Asia. The larger-than-life figure of Maximus is both Maximus of Tyre and Olson himself.

This is one of my favorite things, and i have to touch base with it This is Olson’s heroic long poem in tribute to Gloucester, Massachusetts and to the people who lived there in which he tells much of its history as a fishing port, even going back to its place in the original Pangaean continent. This is one of my favorite things, and i have to touch base with it from time to time.

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Jan 18, Joe rated it really liked it Shelves: Was surprised I didn’t enjoy this more. Plenty appealed–the spiraling of time, history into a geographically situated self; the alternative and subjective cartographies; Harbor better than Champlain’s–Champlain a European with a home, American no place to go in landlessness alone resides, the Earth a skid for the American the Skater all over the surface of the skin But something about the overall syntax of the pages seemed haphazard, even on the relative scale of similar mega-life projects; it wa Was surprised I didn’t enjoy this more.

Harbor better than Champlain’s–Champlain a European with a home, American no place to go in landlessness alone resides, the Earth a skid for the American the Skater all over the surface of the skin But something about the overall syntax of the pages seemed haphazard, even on the relative scale of similar mega-life projects; it was too difficult for me to pick up some threads after they had disappeared so long.

But maybe I’m expecting too much. Will probably return here once I’m in Buffalo and they can set me straight. Dec 30, Jim Smith rated it it was amazing.

Just started a thorough re-reading after 30 years. This is one of the few books I can identify that had a deep effect on me about what a poetic line was, the power of where a line was broken, how it was read.

Although likely invisible in my work now, without Maximus I would not be the same poet I am. I recommend every reader check the few but precious youtube videos of Charles Olson reading several of these poems.

Jan 11, vanesa rated it did not like it. View all 6 comments.

Feb 21, Dawn rated it it was amazing. The Maximus poems will do as they do and I will read them all again in in in. But I have to read Heroditus and know nothing about Tyre and cyarles the deep history of Virginia and Boston and the kinds of salt to keep fish and what exactly a shoal feels like and if Adam Smith really was what, a poet, if he was cured of his skin’s burns and “meubles” and Thucidides and furthermore Orontes, which C.

Aug 23, Casey rated it it was amazing.

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Sep 14, Beth in SF rated it really liked it Shelves: Mundane poems with historical tilts that suddenly jab you with a revelatory one liner. Quite unique and certainly not everyone’s taste. I kept thinking that I was reading something special that held secrets for which I didn’t have the key, but sometimes got the chance to peek through the keyhole. Nov 30, Molly Brodak rated it really liked it Recommends it for: But lots to learn from. Jun 20, Sean rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my poetry grandfathers.

Feb 16, Bonnie rated it did not like it. Jun 27, Axolotl rated it it was amazing Shelves: I do admire Charles Olson’s poetryfor its highs and lows.

I do find “his” idea of ‘istorin compelling one of those elegantly simple yet difficult things but a little dubious with regard to his own poetry in that it’s as though he is saying “find out for yourself and you’ll see that I’ve been right about everything all along”. On the other hand, in his poem beginning “at the boundary of the mighty world”, he does say while personifying a geological formation, no less “I should like to take I do admire Charles Olson’s poetryfor its highs and lows.

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On the other hand, in his poem beginning “at the boundary of the mighty world”, he does say while personifying a geological formation, no less “I should like to take the time to be dull” which mitigates, I think, some of the other side criticisms: And he makes it. Dec 15, Alex Kennard rated it really liked it. I finished reading The Maximus Poems for the second time walking through a car park.

Reading the words of an Englishman pulled from history and moulded into the shape of Olson’s Gloucester while walking through the concrete landscape was incredibly fitting. Olson is the close of the journey Ezra Pound began with his Cantos: Here, that traveller returns to the small town of Gloucester I finished reading The Maximus Poems for the second time walking through a car park. Despite this, he is also eminently readable.

These poems are not meant to be read quickly. They are made to be lived with. Jun 02, Eric Phetteplace rated it really liked it Shelves: Olson was just experimental enough in this ambitious volume and I like that his tone stays fairly lowbrow and relatable throughout. The random touches are great, like repeatedly using an open parenthesis with no close, or spelling “said” “sd”.

The only drawback is that the content can get quite boring: Massachusetts and fishing boats are not the most intriguing topics for me. But overall the collection sways between mythology, history, and personal events in a pretty compelling mish-mash. Very A Olson was just experimental enough in this ambitious volume and I like that his tone stays fairly lowbrow and relatable throughout.

Very American, but in a universal way, not blind patriotism. I don’t often not give a book a rating – but I don’t think I’m qualified to give a rating because I think my reading experience was orthogonal to what the author intended.

I think he wanted a reader who has a reading ship full of barnacles slowing down the eyes. My ship sailed too smoothly and quick, which I’m sure left a lot of the poetry out.

Good thing I only had the edition and not the complete edition – I think my reading ship would have never have left shore.

As it is, I don’t regret I don’t often not give a book a rating – but I don’t think I’m qualified to give a rating because I think my reading experience was orthogonal to what the author intended.

As it is, I don’t regret the voyage, but don’t want to take it again or further. Dec 05, James Debruicker rated it liked it. A rare “liked it” rather than “really liked it” from me. I usually don’t bother reviewing books unless I really liked them. I love the language of this, I love the form, Olson is undoubtedly an amazing poet.

The content just leaves me cold. Maybe because I didn’t grow up in Gloucester, MA? This is how you’re choosing to sp A rare “liked it” rather than “really liked it” from me. This is how you’re choosing to spend this poem? Feb 05, stephen rated it really liked it. Apr 14, barry marked it as to-read.

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