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Stories, Geometries, and Angels: Muriel Rukeyser, Charles Olson, and Robert Duncan in the 1950s

Peter Middleton

in Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter traces the development of Rukeyser and Olson’s thinking about physics over the next two decades, as they gradually jettisoned conceptual schemes based on the system and the field. Their ... More


What the Physicist said to the Poet: How Physicists Used the Ideal of Poetry to Talk about Uncertainty

Peter Middleton

in Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The chapter shows how postwar poets encountered strong negative or idealized images of poetry in the writings of physicists and other scientists. Physicists sometimes referred to an abstraction of ... More


Scientific American Poetry: Rae Armantrout, Jackson Mac Low, and Robert Duncan

Peter Middleton

in Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses how four poets made use, or may have done so, of specific articles from Scientific American, a magazine that deliberately set out to provide the public with sufficient ... More


Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Peter Middleton

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book argues that after WWII American poets found themselves in an increasingly scientific world where natural and social sciences claimed exclusive rights to knowledge of matter and mind. ... More


Apocryphal Lorca: Translation, Parody, Kitsch

Jonathan Mayhew

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226512037
eISBN:
9780226512051
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512051.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Federico García Lorca (1898–1936) had enormous impact on the generation of American poets who came of age during the cold war, from Robert Duncan and Allen Ginsberg to Robert Creeley and Jerome ... More


Conclusion: The Jeffers Influence and the Middle Generation

George Hart

in Inventing the Language to Tell It: Robinson Jeffers and the Biology of Consciousness

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254897
eISBN:
9780823261017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254897.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The conclusion examines how the Californian poets a generation younger than Jeffers responded to his work and how Kenneth Rexroth’s and William Everson’s disagreement over the value of his work ... More


Thom Gunn's “Duncan”

Wendy Lesser

in At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226890432
eISBN:
9780226890371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226890371.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The specificity of the dead was very important to Gunn, and this is why he was a great poet about death. Death, as he knew, is not an impersonal entity that exists in the world, like air or dirt, but ... More


Introduction: Between Guantánamo and GTMO

Jana K. Lipman

in Guantanamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520255395
eISBN:
9780520942370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520255395.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Robert Duncan's parents were born in Jamaica and migrated to Cuba looking for work like thousands of British West Indians in the early twentieth century. Robert explained that his parents were ... More


Poetry and the News

Jahan Ramazani

in Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226083735
eISBN:
9780226083421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226083421.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Among poetry’s most powerful interlocutors in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has been journalism. As the pressure of news has become increasingly pervasive, from the world wars to JFK’s ... More


Endings: 1972-1975

Dana Greene

in Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037108
eISBN:
9780252094217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037108.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter details the life and career of Denise Levertov from 1972 to 1975. This period was marked by critical endings for Levertov, an extraordinary time of emotional turmoil and confusion. Three ... More


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