Upper Limit Music: The Writing of Louis Zukofsky (Paperback)
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Upper Limit Music: The Writing of Louis Zukofsky (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 28/02/1997
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Scroggins provides a provocative and advanced introduction to the
thought and writing of Louis Zukofsky, aptly described as one of the ""first
postmodernists.""

Poet, translator, and editor, Louis Zukofsky was born in New York City
in 1904. Raised to speak first Yiddish and then English, he was fascinated
by language from an early age. This deep preoccupation with language--its
musicality, complex constructions, and fluid meaning--later became a key
component in the development of his poetry. Friend to William Carlos Williams,
Marianne Moore, and Ezra Pound, mentor to Robert Creeley and influence
on many of the Language Movement poets, Zukofsky and his work stand squarely
at the center of American poetry's transition from modernism to postmodernism.

Mark Scroggins advances thoughtful readings of Zukofsky's key critical
essays, a wide variety of his shorter poems, and his ""poem of a life"", ""A"". He carefully situates Zukofsky within his literary and historical
contexts, examining his relationship to Pound, his 1930s Marxist politics,
and his sense of himself as a Jewish modernist poet. Scroggins also places
Zukofsky within an ongoing tradition of American poetry, including the
work of Wallace Stevens, Charles Bernstein, Ronald Johnson, Michael Palmer,
and John Taggart.

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 9780817308261
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
""Scroggins's argument for the importance of Louis Zukofsky's antiepistemological poetics in the 20th century is fundamentally exact and very often brilliant. Hugh Kenner has said that the critics would be elucidating Zukofsky's hermetic texts well into the 22nd century. Scroggins is the critic most capable of ushering our appreciation of Zukofsky into the 21st century.""-Joseph M. Conte, SUNY-Buffalo

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