JACK SPICER: COLLECTED POEMS, 1945-1946
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Berkeley. Oyez: White Rabbit. 1981. Facsimile reprint. Softcover. Book Condition: Near fine with slight shelf wear. Unpaginated.
This collection of poetry rides on a playful tension between what could almost be described as poetic love and hate, directed at beauty, at Jesus, and even at Berkeley. In these poems, Jack Spicer (1925-1965) is as charmingly daring as he is seriously blasphemous, not only with religion (“Give us this day our daily doubt”) but with the texture of poetic language itself. Collaging his text with “transmissions” of actual phrases and slogans from the outer world, his masterfully subtle rhymes make music of mundane phrases and dismal imagery. All of which is told in a voice bright enough with the impulse for interpretation that we want to keep reading, raising our eyebrows, taking pleasure in irony and an imagination that is singular to Spicer’s perspective and voice.