Saturday, May 02, 2009
George Oppen New COLLECTED POEMS
More poems and all the other great poems from 1930s on, from the great Objectivist and Socialist poet, George Oppen. And it is for sale at $25 US dollars. Seems a good deal to me!
Read the review at http://www.philly.com/inquirer/entertainment/books/20090429_Collected_joy__Oppen_s_poems.html
I went looking for a favourite poem in This In Which (1962), and gave up in the end. I read the book. So here's one from many fine poems, a poem with echoes for today's world -
The man is old and-
Out of scale
Sitting in the rank grass. The fact is
It is not his world. Tho it holds
The machine which has so long sustained him,
The plumbing, sidwalks, the roads
And the objects
He has owned and remembers.
He thinks of murders and torture
In the German cellars
And the resistance of heroes
Picturing the concrete walls.