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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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A Book Beginning What and Ending Away

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"A modern-day Rosetta Stone, Book Beginning What and Ending Away bridges the wild conceptual experimentalism of the 1960s and the rigid, doctrine-driven personal politics of the 1970s and early 1980s Language poets, while illuminating the path toward a freeform, devastating 'point perspective lyric' that is Coolidge's operative method today."—Tom Orange

At over five hundred pages of sustained, exhilarating prose, this work reconciles the relentless iconoclasm of the language poets with Clark Coolidge's own deeply rooted theories of abstraction and musicality, yet remains astonishingly readable more than thirty years after Coolidge abandoned the project—planned to be more than one thousand pages—in 1980. An act of radical endurance, a resurrected classic.

Why the same cave? It is continuous. The weight exists, a drill, and it is well. One bridge is older than the stream. Of indebtedness great ground now possess changes. Crack cavity in the sung Hallelujah Chorus. I took a drink, still older than unequivocally slabby. My sac deposit lies life size. The well we have is little more than this sheet-iron. The making system drapes the writer's contrast.

Author of more than twenty books of poetry, Clark Coolidge has occupied a singular place in American letters since the mid-1960s. An unparalleled influence on the wider avant-garde—the Language Poets, the second and third generation New York School, and whole movements of visual artists, musicians, and linguists, Coolidge is from Providence, Rhode Island. Since 1997 he has lived in Petaluma, California.

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A missing masterpiece in 20th century experimental literature, Clark Coolidge's legendary ‘Longprose was written at a frenetic pace between 1973-1980.

Synopsis:

A missing masterpiece in 20th century experimental literature, Clark Coolidge's legendary ‘Longprose was written at a frenetic pace between 1973-1980.

One of poetry's greatest acts of radical endurance and a major departure in style for Coolidge, this work, even without publication had a deep influence on the Language Poetry and New York Schools of Poetry, improvisational jazz, even painting. At over 500 pages of sustained, exhilarating prose, A Book Beginning What and Ending Away reconciles the relentless iconoclasm of the language poets with Coolidge's own, deeply rooted theories of abstraction and musicality, yet remains astonishingly readable more than thirty years after Coolidge abandoned the project – originally planned to be more than 1,000 pages – in 1980. A resurrected classic.

"Clark Coolidge is a one-man avant-garde."--Peter Gizzi

Product Details

ISBN:
9781934200605
Author:
Coolidge, Clark
Publisher:
Fence Books
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.75 in

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A missing masterpiece in 20th century experimental literature, Clark Coolidge's legendary ‘Longprose was written at a frenetic pace between 1973-1980.
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A missing masterpiece in 20th century experimental literature, Clark Coolidge's legendary ‘Longprose was written at a frenetic pace between 1973-1980.

One of poetry's greatest acts of radical endurance and a major departure in style for Coolidge, this work, even without publication had a deep influence on the Language Poetry and New York Schools of Poetry, improvisational jazz, even painting. At over 500 pages of sustained, exhilarating prose, A Book Beginning What and Ending Away reconciles the relentless iconoclasm of the language poets with Coolidge's own, deeply rooted theories of abstraction and musicality, yet remains astonishingly readable more than thirty years after Coolidge abandoned the project – originally planned to be more than 1,000 pages – in 1980. A resurrected classic.

"Clark Coolidge is a one-man avant-garde."--Peter Gizzi

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