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Thing of Beauty: New and Selected Works

Jackson Mac Low
Edited by Anne Tardos
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition: 1
Pages: 504
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    Thing of Beauty
    Book Description:

    This landmark collection brings together poetry, performance pieces, "traditional" verse, prose poems, and other poetical texts from Jackson Mac Low's lifetime in art. The works span the years from 1937, beginning with "Thing of Beauty," his first poem, until his death in 2004 and demonstrate his extraordinary range as well as his unquenchable enthusiasm. Mac Low is widely acknowledged as one of the major figures in twentieth-century American poetry, with much of his work ranging into the spheres of music, dance, theater, performance, and the visual arts. Comparable in stature to such giants as Robert Creeley, John Ashbery, and Allen Ginsberg, Mac Low is often associated with composer John Cage, with whom he shared a delight in work derived from "chance operations." This volume, edited by Anne Tardos, his wife and frequent collaborator, offers a balanced arrangement of early, middle, and late work, designed to convey not just the range but also the progressions and continuities of his writings and "writingways."

    eISBN: 978-0-520-93329-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-xiv)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. xv-xxvi)
    Anne Tardos

    I met Jackson in 1975, when mutual friends introduced us. Jackson had just moved from the Bronx to a loft in Washington Market, the part of lower Manhattan now known as Tribeca, the same loft from which I write these words, a few months after his death. This is where Jackson and I spent 26 years together: writing, creating paintings and collages, traveling, participating in festivals, recording radio plays, and performing in our own, each other’s, and our joint works. Jackson was a major influence on my work and on my life, and even during his painful last years, our...

  4. Poetry and Pleasure
    (pp. xxvii-xxxvi)
  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxxvii-xxxviii)
    Anne Tardos
  6. PART I: 1937–1954
    (pp. 3-36)
  7. PART II: December 1954–March 1979
    (pp. 39-232)
  8. PART III: September 1979–September 2004
    (pp. 235-444)
  9. Publications
    (pp. 445-448)
  10. Credits
    (pp. 449-450)
  11. About Jackson Mac Low
    (pp. 451-452)
  12. About Anne Tardos
    (pp. 453-454)
  13. Index of Titles
    (pp. 455-459)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 460-460)