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Riassunto: Ever generation of poets seems to harbor its own hidden genius, one whose stature and brilliance come to light after his talent has already been achieved and exercised. The same drama of obscurity and nuance that attended the discovery of Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens is suggested by the career of Robert Lax. An expatriate American whose work to date — more than forty books — has been published mostly in Europe, this 85-year-old poet built a following in the U.S. among figures as widespread as Mark Van Doren, e. e. cummings, Jack Kerouac, and Sun Ra. The works in Love Had a Compass represent every stage of Lax's development as a poet, from his early years in the 1940s as a staff writer for The New Yorker to his present life on the Greek Island of Patmos. An inveterate wanderer, Lax's own sense of himself as both exile and pilgrim is carefully evoked in his prose journals and informs the pages of the Marseille Diaries, published here for the first time. Together with the poems, they provide the best portrait available to date of one of the most striking and original poets of our age.
From Publishers Weekly:
Lax is a somewhat legendary poet known primarily for two reasons: he traveled in a circle in the 1930s that included Thomas Merton, John Berryman, Robert Giroux and Ad Reinhardt; and he has lived and written on the Greek island of Patmos since the early 1960s. This combination of famous friendships and personal obscurity has added heat to his reputation but not much light?his poetry has been obscured by his myth. This volume, however, will likely introduce Lax's considerable poetic power to a wider audience. Uebbing's introduction captures the essence of Lax's work: "A simple response to a simple moment"; "much of his work is almost devoid of imagery." Lax's early poems are a mix of emotionality ("for we must seek/ by going down,/ down into the city/ for our song") and formal experimentation ("black/ black/ white/ white/ black/ black/ white/ white"). But his finest work can be seen in the previously unpublished sequence of poems, Port City: The Marseille Diaries. Drawing on the people and places he encountered during an extended, down-and-out time in the city during the 1950s, in "Port City" Lax finally declares his mission: "I will sing you/ of the moments/ sing you/ of those/ possibly/ meaningless moments."
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Titolo: Love Had a Compass: Journals and Poetry (...
Casa editrice: Grove Press
Data di pubblicazione: 1996
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Grove Press, New York, 1996. Hardcover. White cloth with dustjacket. xviii, 253p. Book is in like new condition with dustjacket in very good condition. Some very light soiling on dustjacket. Otherwise, book is tight, clean, and in like new condition. A collection of Lax's poetry and personal writings. Robert Lax was an American poet, known in particular for his association with famed 20th century Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton. During the latter period of his life, Lax resided on the island of Patmos, Greece. Considered by some to be a self-exiled hermit, he nonetheless welcomed visitors to his home on the island, but did nothing to court publicity or expand his literary career or reputation. Codice libro della libreria 141279
Descrizione libro Grove Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. This copy shows very minor wear. Codice libro della libreria G080211587XI4N00
Descrizione libro Grove Press 1996-05-17, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1st. 080211587X. Codice libro della libreria 627163
Descrizione libro Grove Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P02080211587X
Descrizione libro Grove Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Like New. Codice libro della libreria P01080211587X
Descrizione libro Grove Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11080211587X
Descrizione libro Grove Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 080211587X