Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | November 7, 2014

    Carli Davidson: IMG Puppies for Sale? Read This First



    Shake Puppies contains an almost unsettling amount of cuteness. There is a good chance after looking through its pages you will get puppy fever and... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$40.95
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
1 Remote Warehouse Poetry- A to Z

Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus: A Biography

by

Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus: A Biography Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“This is a book of wonders, beautifully written and brilliantly researched. Lisa Jarnot offers a work of devotion to the truth and spirit of Robert Duncan's life and art, the result of twenty years of study and reflection. A great story as well as a rigorous exploration of the poet's art of the imagination, it will pull readers back into Duncan's poetry at the same time that it recounts his rich, adventurous, and always creative life.”—Robert Adamson, author of The Goldfinches of Baghdad.

"Lisa Jarnots biography of Robert Duncan represents an essential contribution to our understanding of this complex, inspirited man, his life and art, and the many circles in which he moved through the years. It is one of those rare works that melds scholarly diligence with poetic comprehension."—Michael Palmer, author of Thread.

"Robert Duncan was a poet of enormous means and complexity, one of the last to pursue a truly cosmological poetics. In that pursuit he was a poet (even a great poet), who created – like Whitman before him – his own life with all its openings and pitfalls as beyond all else a life-of-poetry. Lisa Jarnot's biography now gives us a first, richly detailed depiction of that life, a powerful and necessary complement to Duncans poetry itself. A product of the century behind us, it offers up a lasting legacy for the century to come."—Jerome Rothenberg, author of Technicians of the Sacred.

Synopsis:

This definitive biography gives a brilliant account of the life and art of Robert Duncan (1919–1988), one of Americas great postwar poets. Lisa Jarnot takes us from Duncans birth in Oakland, California, through his childhood in an eccentrically Theosophist household, to his life in San Francisco as an openly gay man who became an inspirational figure for the many poets and painters who gathered around him. Weaving together quotations from Duncans notebooks and interviews with those who knew him, Jarnot vividly describes his life on the West Coast and in New York City and his encounters with luminaries such as Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Paul Goodman, Michael McClure, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, and Charles Olson.

About the Author

Lisa Jarnot is a poet and independent scholar. She has taught at Brooklyn College and the Naropa Institute and is the author of four books of poetry, including Ring of Fire and Night Scenes.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Davidson

Preface

Acknowledgments

Textual Notes

Part One

Childhoods Retreat

1 The Antediluvian World

2 Native Son of the Golden West

3 The Architecture

4 A Part in the Fabulous

5 The Wasteland

6 The Fathering Dream

Part Two

Toward the Shaman

7 The Little Freshman Yes

8 A Company of Women

9 The Dance

10 From Romance to Ritual

11 Queen of the Whores

12 Enlisted

13 Marriage

14 Divorce

Part Three

The Enamord Mage

15 The End of the War

16 The Round Table

17 The First Poetry Festival

18 The Venice Poem

19 Indian Tales

20 The Song of the Borderguard

21 The Way to Shadow Garden

22 The Workshop

23 Mallorca

24 Caesars Gate

Part Four

The Opening of the Field

25 The Meadow

26 New York Interlude

27 The San Francisco Scene

28 Olson, Whitehead, and the Magic Workshop

29 The Maidens

30 Elfmere

31 Night Scenes

32 H.D.

33 Go East

34 Apprehensions

Part Five

The Nasty Aesthetician

35 The Will

36 The Playhouse

37 The Political Machine

38 Knight Errant

39 The Vancouver Conference

40 Bending the Bow

41 A Night Song

42 Anger

43 The Berkeley Conference

44 The Sixties

Part Six

Domestic Scenes

45 The Household

46 The Summer of Love

47 Days of Rage

48 Ground-Work

49 Helter Skelter

50 Santa Cruz Propositions

51 The Torn Cloth

52 Despair in Being Tedious

53 The Cult of the Gods

54 Elm Park Road

55 Riverside

56 The Heart of Rime

Part Seven

Troubadour

57 An Alternate Life

58 Cambridge

59 The Avant-Garde

60 Adam, Eve, and Jahweh

61 San Franciscos Burning

62 At Sea

63 The Cherubim

64 Alaska

65 Enthralled

Part Eight

The Master of Rime

66 New College

67 Five Songs

68 A Paris Visit

69 Bard

70 The Baptism of the Blood

71 Hekatombe

72 The Year of Duncan

73 The Circulation of the Blood

74 In the Dark

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520234161
Author:
Jarnot, Lisa
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Davidson, Michael
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 b/w illustrations
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

Related Subjects


Biography » General
Biography » Literary
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Poetry Month Picks
History and Social Science » Politics » General

Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus: A Biography New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$40.95 In Stock
Product details 560 pages University of California Press - English 9780520234161 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
This definitive biography gives a brilliant account of the life and art of Robert Duncan (1919–1988), one of Americas great postwar poets. Lisa Jarnot takes us from Duncans birth in Oakland, California, through his childhood in an eccentrically Theosophist household, to his life in San Francisco as an openly gay man who became an inspirational figure for the many poets and painters who gathered around him. Weaving together quotations from Duncans notebooks and interviews with those who knew him, Jarnot vividly describes his life on the West Coast and in New York City and his encounters with luminaries such as Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Paul Goodman, Michael McClure, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, and Charles Olson.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.