Tuesday, May 28

The Maximus Poems - Charles Olson


"... He began work on his opus, The Maximus Poems, in the mid-1940s, and continued to expand and revise them until his death in 1970. Formally similar to Ezra Pound's Cantos, the Maximus poems are, in Olson's words, 'about a person and a place.' The person, Maximus, represents Olson's alter ego, and is named after the second-century Maximus of Tyre, as well as a fourth-century Phoenician mystic, and may also refer to Olson's impressive stature (he was six feet seven inches tall). The place is Gloucester, Massachusetts, or more accurately, the small town communal American life that Olson struggled to preserve."
Poets - Groundbreaking Book: The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson (1960)
I, Maximus of Gloucester, to You - Poetry Foundation
For The Birds
Arduity: Charles Olson and the Maximus Poems
amazon: The Maximus Poems
YouTube: Charles Olson NET film 1/2, NET film 2/2

2009 January: Charles Olson, 2009 April: Rockport Harbor, 2010 September: Charles Olson: The Art of Poetry No. 12, 2010 December: "In Cold Hell, in Thicket", NET film, 2011 July: Charles Olson: February 21, 1957, 2012 April: A Trip to Charles Olson’s Gloucester, 2012 June: In Which We Lather Our Sensibilities At Length, 2013 January: Mass.Charles Olson.

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