Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Why Keep Going?

"Art [is] as old as civilization. If one can add one thing to so long a history, one color or shape or tone, one perception to so long a history, that is a great deal to do." —George Oppen

More on this fine and too-little known American poet here and here.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jim H. said...

Thanks for the introduction to George Oppen. Fascinating life story. I'll see if our small-town library has any of his books.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Thank YOU, Jim. Oppen's worth seeking out for sure.

9:52 AM  
Blogger I'm a bird now, perhaps a flamingo, perhaps a sandhill crane, a blue heron, a sandpiper.. said...

What in the US does it mean for a poet to be called "little known"? What counts for being known for anything in the US isn't worth much. Oppen was an objectivist. Others were Lorine Neidecker, Louis Zukofsky, Carl Rakosi and Charles Reznikoff. W. C. Williams also sometimes is grouped with them. Personally I think in the long run Neidecker will be the most enduring. This is a highly influentional group of poets. Also, Neidecker's work fits well with this blog, so she should be brought up for discussion here.

9:33 PM  

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