Recencies Series: Research and Recovery in Twentieth-Century American Poetics

Matthew Hofer, Series Editor

The Recencies Series stands at the intersection of critical investigation, historical documentation, and the preservation of cultural heritage. The series exists to illuminate the innovative poetics achievements of the recent past that remain relevant to the present. In addition to publishing monographs and edited volumes, it is also a venue for previously unpublished manuscripts, expanded reprints, and collections of major essays, letters, and interviews.

Inciting Poetics

Thinking and Writing Poetry
Edited by Jeanne HeuvingTyrone Williams

The essays in Inciting Poetics provide provocative answers to the book’s opening question, “What are poetics now?”

The Language Letters

Selected 1970s Correspondence of Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, and Ron Silliman
Edited by Matthew HoferMichael Golston

Written between 1970 and 1978, these letters detail the development of the concepts and styles that came to define one of the most influential movements in post-1960s writing.

Why Should I Write a Poem Now

The Letters of Srinivas Rayaprol and William Carlos Williams, 1949-1958
Edited by Graziano Krätli

Their intense epistolary relationship between Srinivas Rayaprol and William Carlos Williams, lasting almost a decade and little known up to now, is chronicled in this edition of their letters.

Presences

A Text for Marisol
A Critical Edition
By Robert CreeleyMarisol Escobar
Edited by Stephen Fredman

Now in a new edition, this beautiful, interactive collaboration is a unique work of book art in which Marisol’s monumental pop-art sculptures face the blocks of Creeley’s prose poems.

Robert Duncan and the Pragmatist Sublime

By James Maynard

This study examines the theoretical underpinnings of Robert Duncan’s poetry and poetics.

Curious Disciplines

Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood
By Sarah Hayden

Foregrounding Loy’s critical interrogation of Futurist, Dadaist, Surrealist, and “Degenerate” artisthood, and exploring her poetic legacies today, Curious Disciplines reveals Loy’s importance in an entirely novel way.

Imagining Persons

Robert Duncan's Lectures on Charles Olson
Edited by Robert J. BertholfDale M. Smith

These transcribed talks pay tribute to Olson and expand our knowledge of Duncan’s vision of modernist writing.

An Open Map

The Correspondence of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson
Edited by Robert J. BertholfDale M. Smith

The 130 letters collected in this volume begin in 1947 just after Robert Duncan and Charles Olson first meet in Berkeley, California, and continue to Olson’s death in January 1970.

The Collected Letters of Charles Olson and J. H. Prynne

Edited by Ryan Dobran

Edited by poet and scholar Ryan Dobran, this volume of correspondence between the American poet Charles Olson (1910–1970) and the English poet J. H. Prynne (b. 1936) sheds light on a little-known but incredibly influential aspect of twentieth-century transatlantic literary culture.

The Olson Codex

Projective Verse and the Problem of Mayan Glyphs
By Dennis Tedlock

In The Olson Codex, Tedlock describes and examines Olson’s efforts to decipher Mayan hieroglyphics, giving Olson’s work in Mexico the place it deserves within twentieth-century poetry and poetics.

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