New Charles Olson; Projective Verse II

Charles Olson, The Principle of Measure in Composition by Field: Projective Verse II, ed. by Joshua Hoeynck
Work from the Olson archive, an important edition to the original Projective Verse essay by Olson.
ISBN 9780925904959
56 pages

Charles Olson, Projective Verse II

Charles Olson, Projective Verse II

“A poem has so many things to which it must do equal justice if it is to establish its own bounds (be inclusive). They can be summarized (and my intent here is to say it all): atomism (that sounds, at no smallest point ain’t also particles, as both said & heard); continuity (that old flow still flows, even though statement can no longer be an adequate syntax to it – wave is wave of something at all points, both the particle and, because it is a thing, its ‘environment’ – what, its passing through, it is different by as well as what it catches up, what adheres to it); causation (but not that moralistic one – the Coleridgian – of fact & reason; cause in physical sensation, the obverse of which – what lies under it – giving it its allowance at all, that the systematic geometries occur superficially as the face of, cause); memory (than whom there is still no muse more, the more that things, in their retention, put more demand on the poet than merely his ‘own’ material, shall we say); perception (of which the same extension as of memory needs to be emphasized – that the conceptual, no matter how ‘mental,’ and as such the dipolar to perception, still a powerful discrimination is basic, it is this, the actualities have to be felt, while the pure potentials can be dismissed. This is the great distinction between an actual entity (nothing is there except for feeling) and an eternal object (Idea).  A poem is made up of both.”
— Charles Olson,
from “Notes on Poetics (towards Projective Verse II)” but not yet listed on the website.

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Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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