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The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays (Nonpareil Book, 78): 10 (Nonpareil Books, 10)

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Davenport exposed my boundaries by linking modern, often unappreciated, masterworks to the classical past in ways I would never have seen unassisted. Yet we constantly see and hear stories of betrayal, and many people have personally experienced a destructive breach of loyalty. Finding : A very personal essay on Davenport's childhood excursions with his family down in the south- pretty much like Kohler's sunday outings. A page of Mandelstam's prose is a kind of algebra of ironies over which the same hand has drawn comic furniture and objects with a life of their own a la Chagall.

Davenport's apprenticeship of Pound served him well: his essays are prose ideograms- a succession of images in rapid cuts. He attacks the subject this way, that way, pointing out this astuteness and that perception, all the while taking down book after book and reading the relevant passage. No need for everyone to learn Provencal but maybe someone should consider the merits of Auden or Gruppe 47?By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. And for all his suspicion of modernity, with its spewing cars and its squawking televisions, he also believed that it had furnished us with the resources to rescue ourselves.

Even Davenport concedes: "I am not able here to give any notion of the wideness of these last Maximus poems-the horizon they survey is vast-nor of their depth, which goes back into various histories (the Hittite, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, paleolithic) in new and bright ways (Olson's eyes were open to everything and very little got by him). All sexual predilections are arranged for and honored for their diversity,” he wrote with a twinge of longing about the society Fourier envisioned.He’s won several awards, including the Whiting and the National Magazine Award and the Windham-Campbell Prize. There has been no finer movement in American art, nor a more fertile one (from Muybridge, through Edison, the whole art of film), and yet their impact was generally felt to be offensive. To have closed the gap between mythology and botany is but one movement of the process; one way to read The Cantos is to go through noting the restorations of relationships now thought to be discrete—the ideogrammatic method was invented for just this purpose.

His awards include the Whiting Award, the National Magazine Award, the James Beard Writing Award, and the Windham-Campbell Prize.He conveys, to adopt his own words about painter Paul Cadmus, 'a perfect balance of spirit and information. A veritable gateway drug to the likes of Louis Zukofsky, Charles Olson, Marianne Moore, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Paul Metcalf, and so, so many more. Absolutely stands with the best work of the great bibliophile poets and critics like Borges and Robert Graves - except Davenport is equally as capable of lapsing into Flannery O'Connor-like Southern humor, in the course of telling you about the perambulations of a Latin botanical name that has its roots in Zeus's testicles, or of a summer-school Kentucky teenager out looking for a "poem book on E.

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