The secret of the black chrysanthemum

by Charles Stein

Book, 1987



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Barrytown, N.Y. : Station Hill Press, c1987.

Physical description

xvii, 224 p.; 24 cm

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This text explores Charles Olson’s visionary poetics and the extensive use he made of the writings of Jung. Offering numerous readings of poems from the “Maximus” series, Stein provides a useful and clearly written introduction to the major themes, cosmological speculations, and poetic inventions of Olson’s work. Using the poet’s notes and marginalia, Stein reveals complex interrelationships of language, geography, and the human body, leading to The Maximus Poems as an archetypal vision of the self.
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