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Complete Minimal Poems Paperback – July 1, 2007

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About the Author

Aram Saroyan is an internationally known poet, novelist, biographer, memoirist and playwright. His poetry has been widely anthologized and appears in many textbooks. Among the collections of his poetry are Aram Saroyan and Pages (both Random House). His largest collection, Day and Night: Bolinas Poems, was published by Black Sparrow Press in 1999. Saroyan's prose books include Genesis Angels: The Saga of Lew Welch and the Beat Generation; Last Rites, a book about the death of his father, the playwright and short story writer William Saroyan; Trio: Portrait of an Intimate Friendship; The Romantic, a novel that was a Los Angeles Times Book Review Critics' Choice selection; a memoir, Friends in the World: The Education of a Writer; and the true crime Literary Guild selection Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness and Murder. Selected essays, Starting Out in the Sixties, appeared in 2001, and Artists in Trouble: New Stories in early 2002.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Ugly Duckling Presse (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933254254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933254258
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,292,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tony S. G. Green on May 19, 2008
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' eyeye ' all by itself on a white page is the one-word poem I think of first when anyone says Aram Saroyan. At dinner recently a friend reminded me I tried doing poems like that a lot in the 70s. It's great to have the whole range of them assembled in one book. I've taken to carrying it around with me. It's fatter than a City Lights book. It goes in my bag, not my back pocket. it's a pleasure to sit over coffee teasing the poems out one after another. I'm really glad I don't get them all immediately. Minimal poems, one word, a few words, are slow to read. The possible contexts for the thought of them have to be envisaged. The more the narrative and imagistic recedes the more the syntax and the spacing and the arrangement of the letters become insistent. There's more of these poems than I knew back then. They are also easily memorable so go on working when the book is closed. It's powerful active art stuff for cleaning mould and stains in brains.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on July 17, 2012
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With a general knowledge of the history of poetry, an interest in how artists subtracted from painting and sculpture until their work was again relevant (Yves Klein, Joseph Albers, Mark Rothko, Donald Judd, etc.) and an appreciation for what led up to the Internet search term, a reader will enjoy each page of this book as a canvas, each word as a work of art in itself. Saroyan jumped the gun on Google and minimalist advertising with these brief poems, where so much depends upon one word, or one small set of words. This book is where his courage and artistic taste are well displayed on each clever page.

He was up to Ezra Pound's task to "make it new," as a master craftsman trailblazing new territory, seeing language in his own unique way, all with a sense of humor--THE challenge to all serious poets who seek to engage the page, culture, the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison Kirby Record on April 5, 2014
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I thought the concept of the book was interesting, though many examples in the book bwere simply inane. Minimalism in poetry is far more accomplished by poets like Lorine Niedecker and Cid Corman and many of the quasi-haiku poets writing in English. No wonder this book was looked down on with disdain. Problem is they were looked down by many for the wrong reasons, for example, by people for whom minimal forms like haiku are automatically rejected because they are small. I like having this book though it is unfortunate that the work is so uneven.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Hori on March 27, 2008
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A fascinating collection from an early minimalist, whose experimental forays inside individual words (think pipettes inserted into tardigrades/ nano windmills raised on molecular landscapes erected with the aid of electron microscopes), paved the way for today's storming of the citadels of poetic form.
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