David Herd reviews Collected Letters in TLS

David Herd wrote a concise and elegant review of the Collected Letters of Charles Olson and J.H. Prynne in the Times Literary Supplement (Aug. 1, 2018). Prynne’s commitment to Maximus, and to the sense of human relation it ultimately sought to make possible, couldn’t be doubted. Catching Olson in medias res, what the correspondence quickly comes to … Continue reading David Herd reviews Collected Letters in TLS

Rain Taxi review of Olson and Prynne Letters

Patrick James Dunagan reviews The Collected Letters of Charles Olson and J.H. Prynne in the latest summer edition of Rain Taxi (23:2, #90), which you can find here. He also reviews two Duncan/Olson texts: An Open Map: The Correspondence of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures on Charles Olson, both edited by Robert J. Bertholf … Continue reading Rain Taxi review of Olson and Prynne Letters

Glossator 11 (2016): Marianne Moore – CFP



Marianne Moore’s indictment of her own craft remains to this day a shrewd affront to critical exegesis. Piqued by ‘the immovable critic’, she treads a fine line in ‘Poetry’ between approbation and displeasure, a feeling entangled in the confession that ‘we do not admire what / we cannot understand’. Notwithstanding her penchant for axioms of this sort, Moore inclines elsewhere to a mode of expression that is dense, riddling and allusive; a poetics fit for sustained ‘inspection’, perhaps, but one whose fluid textual condition also resists ‘high sounding interpretation’. Given Moore’s tendency to revise published material – shuffling, redacting, reworking, restoring – it has often been difficult to say what ‘all this fiddle’ amounts to.

In taking Moore’s doubts about interpretation seriously, this special issue of Glossator proposes a broad approach to her verse and the stylistics of commentary. Glossing, annotating, doodling, and footnoting – Moore was always sensitive to…

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Add Location: Some Thoughts on Paranoia

Lieutenant Tyrone Slothrop, nomadic centrifuge, is also something of a model of paranoid connectivity in Gravity's Rainbow. What gives access to conspiracy is a type of practice that overdetermines meaning even as it provides only spurious empirical knowledge.  The day he sat with Säure in the café, smoking that reefer . . . oh, that was day … Continue reading Add Location: Some Thoughts on Paranoia