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New Collected Poems
ISBN: 978 1 857546 31 6
Categories: 20th Century, American
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2003
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Edited with an introduction and notes by Michael Davidson
Preface by Eliot Weinberger
George Oppen's New Collected Poems gathers all of the poet's books published in his lifetime (1908-1984). It adds previously uncollected poems and a selection of his unpublished work. One of America's most vigorous modernists, he was a member of the Objectivist group that flourished in the 1930s, which also included William Carlos Williams, Charles Reznikoff, Carl Rakosi and Louis Zukofsky. Ezra Pound called him 'a serious craftsman, a sensibility which is not every man's sensibility and which has not been got out of any other man's book'. This edition includes generous annotation and a full introduction.
Stephen Burt, Times Literary Supplement, 15th April 2005 Shipwrecked singular
By the end of the 1960s, many younger American poets saw George Oppen (1908 84) not only as a rediscovered resource, a good poet who came into his own rather late, but also as a pre-eminent moral example, a man of the Left who succeeded, where so many failed, in making his poetry include at once a political stance, a commitment to modernist difficulty, and an unimpeachable sense of personal integrity. read more
Reviewed by Daniel Kane in Pequod
[The] publication of George Oppen's New Collected Poems is cause for major celebration and delight. read more
Reviewed by Michael Heller in the Jewish Chronicle
The late George Oppen, one of America's most important poets, insisted that he was a "realist" poet, realist in the sense that he believed that "a world existed out there before the fact of the poem." read more
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