Thing of Beauty : New and Selected Works

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Thing of Beauty : New and Selected Works

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&quot;Jackson Mac Low's poetry and prose exceeds narrow definitions of artists by movements or poets by style. His work began with and returned to timeless subjects such as children, animals, love, war, death, and God, diverging at points into rigorously imposed structures, systems, and chance operations in an effort to suppress the ego in his art. At one point, embarrassed by his depth of feeling, Mac Low confesses to being an 'existential poet, ' a declaration that the title of the poem &quot;A Lack of Balance But Not Fatal&quot; contradicts with modest and generous humor. This is an important and often very moving anthology of Mac Low's thought, at the same time as it reflects the preoccupations of his generation and ranges over a wide variety of approaches to writing and art making. &quot;Thing of Beauty &quot; is a &quot;manifesto,&quot; the term Mac Low would use to describe expressions of personal truth; and his are beautiful.&quot;--Kristine Stiles, Professor of Art History, Duke University <br />&quot;In this generous selection of Jackson Mac Low's work, we can see, first hand, the poet's profound understanding of the physics of language and his exuberant articulation of the sounds of words in unpredictable motions. The multiplicity of Mac Low's forms and his rejection of any hierarchy among the forms of poetry (objective and subjective, expository or nonrepresentational, lyric and epic), along with his refusal to identify poetic composition with a characteristic 'voice' of the poet and his rejection of traditional aesthetic standards of beauty, are among the chief marks of his iconoclastic genius. Mac Low's magnificent and multidimensional poems open vast expanses for the imagination to inhabit.&quot;--Charles Bernstein <br />&quot;This is one of the great watershed events in recent publishing history. Mac Low's reputation has exploded on the poetry scene since his death.&quot;--Hannah Higgins, author of &quot;Fluxus Experience&quot;

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