From Publishers Weekly
A Modernist who was part of the Objectivist group that included Charles Reznikoff, Louis Zukofsky and Carl Rakosi, George Oppen (1908-1984) won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his masterpiece, Of Being Numerous. New Collected Poems gathers that work, along with some missing from the 1975 Collected. Edited by poet Michael Davidson, it includes Primitive (the last volume Oppen published, in 1978) as well as previously unpublished work. Admirers of Oppen's foundational volumes should be very pleased with this update.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to the
“A first rate edition of Oppen's poetry. His poetry serves as a model of modernist ethics as well as aesthetics.” (William Doreski - Harvard Review
“Oppen’s respect for the act of making, no matter how small, is at every moment palpable, and it infuses his work with sweetness that makes difficulty feel like life’s reward.” (James Longenbach - The Yale Review
“Valuable. Davidson's selection...is excellent: his choice of material is judicious and representative, and thankfully accompanied by enlightening explanatory notes.” (Eric Hoffman - Home Planet News
“He again and again earns the reader's admiration, again and again directs us towards unexpected linguistic and sensory insights.” (Marta Figlerowicz - The Harvard Book Review