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"A" (New Directions Books) Paperback – January 31, 2011
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“Zukofsky’s art, in this work, is without equal. No poet of our time can sound the resources of language, so actuate words to become all that they might be thought otherwise to engender.” (Robert Creeley - The New York Times)
“Magnificent: a great poem really rolling in all its power and splendor of language.” (James Laughlin)
“'A' belongs in the company of the major modernist epics such as Pound's Cantos or Williams' Patterson. It will repay as much attention as it is given.” (Bob Perelman - The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“The poem is “of a life,” but the life that it presents is closer to life-as-experienced than life as narrated or told. And that, in the final analysis, is precisely the essence of Zukofsky’s genius.” (Mary Wilson - Make Magazine)
About the Author
Barry Ahearn is the Pierce Butler Professor of English at Tulane University. His books include Zukofsky’s “A”: An Introduction, Pound/Zukofsky: Selected Letters, and The Correspondence of William Carlos Williams and Louis Zukofsky.
Top Customer Reviews
"A" is a must read for any reader serious about poetry, literary aesthetics, or modern thought. Zukofsky incorporates immense ideas into his work, and keeps the reader challenged. But though the poem is highly cerebral, it's not just a poem for scholars and academicians. It's emotional and beautiful as well as stimulating. Even if you don't have the time or energy to read all of "A", read bits and pieces of it. You will be caught up in the language. You will be amazed. Read it at leisure, study it, or keep it on your bookshelf for years at a time. You will most definitely get something out of it. Readers who like "The Cantos" will most likely enjoy this as well. It is fantastic.
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I'm not reviewing the book itself, since much has already been written about 'A'. The volume itself a nice edition of the full poem, with notes and intro. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by An File Dubh
Found it in a good bookstore,hadn't seen it before. Decided to order it. It is wise,wise,massive,ambitious and personal. It Sings?Published on February 6, 2013 by M. hooper