Monday, October 22, 2007

Nel mezzo del Objectivist issue

First things first: The Princeton Dante Project - featuring Robert Hollander's translation. If you must change your life, this will change your life.

Second things secondly: While we await Peter O'Leary's analysis, for the Poetry Foundation website, of the famous "Objectivists" issue of Poetry magazine, and await also the eventual digitization of said issue, you might like to know what its actual famed contents were.

Lawrence La Riviere White, at the ALSC blog, The Valve, has provided a valuable service in transcribing this information (along with some commentary not reproduced below, so visit that blog), and here it goes:

Poetry
February 1931
Volume 37, Number 5


CARL RAKOSI
“Orphean Lost,” “Fluteplayers from Finmarker, “Unswerving Marine,” “Before You.”

LOUIS ZUKOFSKY
“A” (Seventh Movement).

HOWARD WEEKS
“What Furred Creature.”

ROBERT MCALMON
“Fortuno Carraccioli.”

CHARLES REZNIKOFF
A Group of Verse I-VI [“All day the pavement has been black,” “From the window I could not see the moon,” “Among the heaps of brick and plaster lies,” “Rooted among roofs, their smoke among the clouds,” “What are you doing in our street among the automobiles,” “Of our visitors — I do not know which I dislike most.”]

NORMAN MACLEOD
“Song of the Turquoise People.”

KENNETH REXROTH
“Last Page of a Manuscript.”

S. THEODORE HECHT
“Table for Christmas.”

GEORGE OPPEN
“1930’s” [“Thus / Hides the / Parts…,” “The knowledge not of sorrow…”]

HARRY ROSKOLENKIER
“Supper in an Alms-House.”

WHITTAKER CHAMBERS [!!]
“October 21st, 1926.”

HARRY ZOLINSKY
“Horatio.”

BASIL BUNTING
“The Word” [“Nothing / Substance utters or time / stills…”]

JESSE LOEWENTHAL
“Match”

ARTHUR RIMBAUD
“Wakes III,” “To One Reason” [Tr. by Emanuel Carnevali].

JOHN WHEELWRIGHT
“Slow Curtain.”

RICHARD JOHNS
“The Sphinx”

MARTHA CHAPMAN
“Poem (There are places we will not go).”

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
“The Botticellian Trees.”

The issue [Lawrence continues] closes with three critical pieces by Zukofsky: “Program: ‘Objectivists’ 1931,” “Sincerity and Objectification: With Special Reference to the Work of Charles Reznikoff,” and “Symposium.” The last is an omnibus review of poems by Parker Tyler, Charles Henri Ford, Samuel Pulman, André Salmon, and Réné Taupin.

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I am looking into ways of reprinting or reproducing this issue of the magazine - but as you can imagine, the rights problems are formidable!

1 comment:

equivocal said...

WOW on the friggin Dante

and wow on the objectivist issue. Hurry up and pay up those rights for quick! We need the whole thing online before anyone knows what's happened.