- Paperback: 502 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520260023
- ISBN-13: 978-0520260023
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In this generous selection of Jackson Mac Low's work, we can see, first hand, the poet's profound understanding of the physics of language and his exuberant articulation of the sounds of words in unpredictable motions. The multiplicity of Mac Low's forms and his rejection of any hierarchy among the forms of poetry (objective and subjective, expository or nonrepresentational, lyric and epic), along with his refusal to identify poetic composition with a characteristic 'voice' of the poet and his rejection of traditional aesthetic standards of beauty, are among the chief marks of his iconoclastic genius. Mac Low's magnificent and multidimensional poems open vast expanses for the imagination to inhabit."―Charles Bernstein
"This is one of the great watershed events in recent publishing history. Mac Low's reputation has exploded on the poetry scene since his death."―Hannah Higgins, author of Fluxus Experience
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An innovative sound poet and performance poet, there is no one quite like him out there. This book has been an invaluable tool in my development as a poet. I have read a lot of poetry, and so much of it did not impress/captivate me, but Mac Low always sustains a sense of interest.
This book displays the immense scope and range of his art, from his work with chance operations to poems written purely in his own hand (oftentimes they do not sound that different). There were so many poets that did not interest me, but Mac Low has been and remains to be a positive influence on my art as a poet.
Don't be afraid to take some time with this book. It will not sink in immediately. But overtime it will blossom into a thing of beauty. Highly recommended.