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 | essay by Olson |

Grasped by What We Cannot Grasp: The more evocative the bouquet, the more the subject imbues her found objects with her character. A partial list of Black Mountain teachers and students will suffice to indicate its central role in 20th-century American culture: And it involves a whole series of but new recognitions. Can we really expect to sort through so many different voices from so many different backgrounds?

What does one mean by 20th-century American poetry? Or so it got phrased by one, R.

Projective Verse

In fact, there are many points of entry. Now 3 the process of the thing, how the principle can be made so to shape the energies that the form is accomplished.

On the Collected Works of Robert Duncan. Any exposition of a perceived object, when made well, draws attention to the power of the perceiving subject. He plays saxophone and has composed music for the LA Phil. 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 singular head and a singular heart, precisely because these perceptions are communicated in a manner that pulsates with the music of a singular breath.

The sibilance of the words associated in the first line reflects a semantic semblance: But what ever happened to the legacy of Charles Olson?


In Ikebanathe work itself the bouquet consists almost entirely of objects found in nature. Jorie Graham, a poet who was influenced by Olson, incorporates his method in a way that ultimately draws attention to the speaker. But can projective poems actually eliminate the poet-as-subject? By Min Hyoung Song. All Architectures I Am: It means exactly what it says, is a matter of, at all points even, I should say, of our management of daily reality as of the daily work get on with it, keep moving, keep in, speed, the nerves, their speed, the perceptions, theirs, the acts, the split second acts, the whole business, keep it moving as fast as you can, citizen.

There it is, brothers, sitting there, for USE. The failure of projective verse to eliminate the subjective sense of the poet-as-speaker is thus, paradoxically, a consequence of its success.


Why does his surname lack the resonance of Cage and Ginsberg? By submitting this form, you are granting: A berse 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.

The rhythm of a poem should accommodate the exigencies of each breath that the poet breathes in speaking. It is much more, for example, this push, than simply charrles a one as Pound put, so wisely, to get us started: However, the success of his poetic principle may not have lead to the world that he wanted to live in, one in which the poet escapes the confines of his ego through the rigors of contemplating objects and ideas.

Olson clearly projecyive to the mechanics of projective verse, but can he overcome his self? The success of his ideas remains manifest to anyone who cares about the history of postwar American poetry. He encourages this overcoming of the poet-as-subjectwhat Keats derides in Wordsworth as Egotistical Sublime. You’ll then be redirected proiective to LARB. Another glance at his political screeds may solidify it. This is the Catch of projective verse, which can be illustrated by analogy with the Japanese art of flower arrangement Ikebana.


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. Your tax-deductible donation made to LARB by His broad use of white space attests to his attention to breath, which informs the length of his lines with multiple indentations.

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. If any poem epitomizes the nuts and bolts of projective verse, this is it.

This is the projextive which any poet who departs from closed form is specially confronted by. There is less than a week left to support our matching grant fund drive! 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. The Elemental Poems of Dan Gerber. North Carolina, in the depths of the Great Depression, where a number of verde members recently dismissed from Rollins College for refusing to sign a loyalty pledge founded the legendary Black Mountain College.

Olson intends projective verse to enact a form of ego death through self-objectification. In order to help the poet, Olson offers a principle to guide her.