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The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan

The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan

Alice Notley
Anselm Berrigan
Edmund Berrigan
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition: 1
Pages: 256
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1pn5c8
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    The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan
    Book Description:

    Following the highly acclaimedCollected Poems of Ted Berrigan,poets Alice Notley, Anselm Berrigan, and Edmund Berrigan have collaborated again on this new selection of poems by one of the most influential and admired poets of his generation. Reflecting a new editorial approach, this volume demonstrates the breadth of Ted Berrigan's poetic accomplishments by presenting his most celebrated, interesting, and important work. This major second-wave New York School poet is often identified with his early poems, especiallyThe Sonnets,but this selection encompasses his full poetic output, including the later sequencesEaster MondayandA Certain Slant of Sunlight,as well as many of his uncollected poems. The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan provides a new perspective for those already familiar with his remarkable wit and invention, and introduces new readers to what John Ashbery called the "crazy energy" of this iconoclastic, funny, brilliant, and highly innovative writer. Praise forThe Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan:"This is a great, great book for all seasons of the mind and heart."-Robert Creeley "Thanks to this invaluableCollected Poems,one can hear, as never before, Ted Berrigan dreaming his dream."-The Nation"The Collected Poems of Ted Berriganis not only one of the most strikingly attractive books recently published, but is also a major work of 20th-century poetry. . . . It is a book that will darken with the grease of my hands. There is no better way to praise it than by saying, 'If you enjoy poetry, you should have it.'" -Bloomsbury Review"It's a must-have, a poetic knockout."-Time Out New York

    eISBN: 978-0-520-94814-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-xii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 1-10)
    Anselm Berrigan and Edmund Berrigan

    During a sonnet workshop that Ted Berrigan conducted at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City in February 1979, Ted noted that when he first began studying poetry independently he was drawn to Shakespeare’s sonnets for their wit, brevity, and in particular their diction. He recognized the possibility of a poetic model in those works, and this was significant in that he was initially drawn to Ezra Pound’sCantosbut didn’t feel he possessed the store of historical data necessary to fill such sprawling works. He followed these remarks by reading Shakespeare’s sonnet “XCIV” (“They that...

  5. People of the Future
    (pp. 11-11)
  6. Doubts
    (pp. 11-12)
  7. String of Pearls
    (pp. 12-12)
  8. Words for Love
    (pp. 13-14)
  9. For You
    (pp. 14-14)
  10. Personal Poem #2
    (pp. 14-15)
  11. Personal Poem #9
    (pp. 15-16)
  12. FROM THE SONNETS
    (pp. 17-33)
  13. THE SECRET LIFE OF FORD MADOX FORD
    (pp. 34-42)
  14. Rusty Nails
    (pp. 42-46)
  15. A Personal Memoir of Tulsa, Oklahoma / 1955–60
    (pp. 46-47)
  16. TAMBOURINE LIFE
    (pp. 48-77)
  17. Living with Chris
    (pp. 78-78)
  18. Bean Spasms
    (pp. 79-86)
  19. Many Happy Returns
    (pp. 86-89)
  20. Things to Do in New York City
    (pp. 89-90)
  21. 10 Things I Do Every Day
    (pp. 90-90)
  22. Resolution
    (pp. 91-91)
  23. American Express
    (pp. 91-93)
  24. February Air
    (pp. 93-94)
  25. Anti-War Poem
    (pp. 94-95)
  26. Dial-A-Poem
    (pp. 95-95)
  27. Poem (of morning, Iowa City . . . )
    (pp. 95-96)
  28. London Air
    (pp. 96-99)
  29. Peace
    (pp. 100-101)
  30. Today in Ann Arbor
    (pp. 101-104)
  31. Ann Arbor Song
    (pp. 105-106)
  32. People Who Died
    (pp. 106-106)
  33. Telegram
    (pp. 107-107)
  34. In the Wheel
    (pp. 107-107)
  35. 30
    (pp. 107-107)
  36. interstices
    (pp. 108-108)
  37. bent
    (pp. 109-109)
  38. Heroin
    (pp. 110-111)
  39. March 17th, 1970
    (pp. 111-112)
  40. Wind
    (pp. 112-112)
  41. Lady
    (pp. 113-113)
  42. Things to Do in Providence
    (pp. 114-118)
  43. Three Sonnets and a Coda for Tom Clark
    (pp. 119-121)
  44. Something Amazing Just Happened
    (pp. 121-122)
  45. Seriousness
    (pp. 123-123)
  46. To an Eggbeater
    (pp. 123-123)
  47. Peter Rabbit came in...
    (pp. 123-123)
  48. slack
    (pp. 124-124)
  49. L’oeil
    (pp. 125-125)
  50. Ezra Pound: A Witness
    (pp. 125-125)
  51. The Light
    (pp. 125-125)
  52. Tell It Like It Is
    (pp. 125-125)
  53. Laments
    (pp. 126-126)
  54. Shaking Hands
    (pp. 126-126)
  55. Things to Do on Speed
    (pp. 126-129)
  56. Landscape with Figures (Southampton)
    (pp. 129-130)
  57. Ophelia
    (pp. 130-131)
  58. Frank O’Hara
    (pp. 131-131)
  59. Crystal
    (pp. 132-132)
  60. Chinese Nightingale
    (pp. 132-133)
  61. Wrong Train
    (pp. 133-133)
  62. Wishes
    (pp. 134-134)
  63. I Used to Be but Now I Am
    (pp. 134-135)
  64. The Complete Prelude
    (pp. 135-137)
  65. Paul Blackburn
    (pp. 137-137)
  66. New Personal Poem
    (pp. 137-138)
  67. FROM EASTER MONDAY
    (pp. 139-156)
  68. By Now
    (pp. 157-157)
  69. In the 51st State
    (pp. 157-158)
  70. Red Shift
    (pp. 158-160)
  71. Around the Fire
    (pp. 160-161)
  72. Cranston Near the City Line
    (pp. 161-162)
  73. Coda : Song
    (pp. 162-163)
  74. Postcard from the Sky
    (pp. 163-163)
  75. Last Poem
    (pp. 163-164)
  76. Small Role Felicity
    (pp. 164-165)
  77. 44th Birthday Evening, at Harris’s
    (pp. 165-165)
  78. Look Fred, You’re a Doctor, My Problem Is Something Like This:
    (pp. 166-167)
  79. Part of My History
    (pp. 167-168)
  80. The Morning Line
    (pp. 168-168)
  81. After Peire Vidal, & Myself
    (pp. 169-170)
  82. Round About Oscar
    (pp. 170-171)
  83. Thin Breast Doom
    (pp. 171-172)
  84. Memories Are Made of This
    (pp. 173-173)
  85. FROM A CERTAIN SLANT OF SUNLIGHT
    (pp. 174-194)
  86. Robert (Lowell)
    (pp. 195-195)
  87. Villonnette
    (pp. 195-195)
  88. Don Quixote & Sancho Panza
    (pp. 195-196)
  89. This Will Be Her Shining Hour
    (pp. 196-202)
  90. Chronology
    (pp. 203-208)
  91. Notes
    (pp. 209-228)
    Alice Notley
  92. Index of Titles and First Lines
    (pp. 229-239)
  93. Back Matter
    (pp. 240-240)