This volume in the Collected Writings of Robert Duncan series gathers a far-reaching selection of Robert Duncan's prose writings including most of his longer and more well-known essays along with other prose that has never been widely available. Ranging in original publication dates between 1940 and 1985, the forty-one titles reveal a great deal about Duncan's life in poetry - including his impressions of poets whose work he admires, both contemporaries and precursors. Evocative and eclectic, this work delineates the intellectual contexts and sources of Duncan's poetics, and opens a window onto the literary communities in which he participated.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: 1940s 1. An Embryo for God: Tropic of Capricorn 2. The Homosexual in Society 3. What to Do Now 4. Reviewing View, an Attack 5. Poetics of Music: Stravinsky 6. The Poet and Poetry--A Symposium Part II: 1950s 7. Pages from a Notebook 8. From a Notebook 9. Notes on Poetics regarding Olson's Maximus Part III: 1960s 10. Properties and Our REAL Estate 11. Ideas of the Meaning of Form 12. After For Love 13. Preface: Helen Adam, Ballads 14. Poetry before Language 15. The Lasting Contribution of Ezra Pound 16. The Sweetness and Greatness of Dante's Divine Comedy 17. Introduction: William Everson, Single Source 18. Towards an Open Universe 19. The Truth and Life of Myth: An Essay in Essential Autobiography 20. A Critical Difference of View 21. Man's Fulfillment in Order and Strife 22. Jack Spicer, Poet: 1925--1965 Part IV: 1970s 23. Changing Perspectives in Reading Whitman 24. Notes on Grossinger's Solar Journal: Oecological Sections 25. Iconographical Extensions 26. Of George Herms, His Hermes, and His Hermetic Art 27. From Notes on the Structure of Rime 28. Preface to a Reading of Passages 1--22 29. Kopoltus 30. Introduction: Allen Upward, The Divine Mystery 31. An Art of Wondering 32. A Reading of Thirty Things 33. As Testimony: Reading Zukofsky These Forty Years 34. Wallace Berman: The Fashioning Spirit 35. In Introduction: John Taggart, Dodeka Part V: 1980s 36. Preface: Jack Spicer, One Night Stand & Other Poems 37. The Adventure of Whitman's Line 38. The Self in Postmodern Poetry 39. Statement on Jacobus for Borregaard's Museum 40. Afterword: Beverly Dahlen, The Egyptian Poems 41. The Delirium of Meaning Appendix: List of Uncollected Essays and Other Prose Notes Works Cited in the Essays Acknowledgments of Permissions Index