CHARLES OLSON: LETTERS FOR ORIGIN, 1950–1955
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London. Cape Goliard Press. 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Jacket Condition: Near Fine with shelf wear. 141 pp.
"Letters for Origin" is the last book of Olson's writing published in his lifetime, a selection of letters to fellow poet Cid Corman that is as much a testament to their relationship as to the very real relationship Olson maintained to the dispersal of his language on the page. Energetic and aware of its surface, his letters follow an impulse driven less toward his reader than to a poetic discovery: he shares the actual current of his ideas through a shift to capital letters, to ellipse, to the break or play on misspelled words. Corman, founder of poetry magazine "Origin" (1951), had provided a publishing platform for poets like Olson, Robert Creeley, and Gary Snyder; here, he is the reader's position at the end of the line, receiving in his place the letters as a poetics of appreciation for Olson's endless outpouring discourse of recombinations and ideas powered by writing itself.
Ed. Albert Glover