Way More West: New and Selected Poems

Ed Dorn Michael Rothenberg Dale Smith


Way More West: New and Selected Poems

Way More West: New and Selected Poems

  • Title: Way More West: New and Selected Poems
  • Author: Ed Dorn Michael Rothenberg Dale Smith
  • ISBN: 9780143038696
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback



An essential anthology of an innovative American poet Edward Dorn was not only one of America s finest poets but a rare critical intelligence and commentator He was a student of Charles Olson, who helped him to see the American West as a site for his quest for self knowledge at the core of his work is a deep sense of place and the people who occupy it, underpinned by a wAn essential anthology of an innovative American poet Edward Dorn was not only one of America s finest poets but a rare critical intelligence and commentator He was a student of Charles Olson, who helped him to see the American West as a site for his quest for self knowledge at the core of his work is a deep sense of place and the people who occupy it, underpinned by a wry ironic dissent It was Dorn s comic epic masterpiece, Gunslinger, which began appearing in 1968 and had already become an underground classic by the time it was published in its entirety in 1974, that established his reputation in the wider world This new volume brings together poems from Dorn s entire career, including previously uncollected work.


Recent Comments "Way More West: New and Selected Poems"

Great but somewhat disappointing book. I already have the Four Seasons Collected, and Slinger, and La Jolla, and Lola, and the Abhorrences, and I was hoping to get a bigger selection of the last works, like Westward Haut & the Heresy series. It is possible, of course, that this is all there is of those works, but I doubt it. I saw a video of Dorn reading late in life, where he read from those later works, and was highly interested in reading them for myself. Alas, they are not here in anythi [...]

For those who've never come across the extraordinary Ed Dorn, this is a fine selection of his work, with sizeable chunks from the early collections, not nearly enough from Gunslinger, and an excellent trawling of his later more overtly political stuff. He's a wonderful writer at any point in his career, moving from a bare hard slightly Snyder-like lyricism to a cold and elegant anger.

The first twelve poems in this book are beautiful-- rivery, wide-open,loose like beat poems but dignified in their weird tyings-together like,I don't know, Andrew Marvell. Everything else is skippable.

I'm rereading this Dorn collection for the 4th time and I have to say, it never fails to delight, the reader invited into the joke . . .


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