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Collected Shorter Poems by Kenneth Rexroth

By Kenneth Rexroth

This quantity brings jointly all of Kenneth Rexroth’s shorter poems from 1920 to the current, together with a gaggle of latest poems written because the book of typical Numbers, drawn from seven prior books. This quantity brings jointly all of Kenneth Rexroth’s shorter poems from 1920 to the current, together with a gaggle of latest poems written because the booklet of average Numbers, drawn from seven prior books. one of the American poets of the new release that got here to prominence within the Forties, Kenneth Rexroth has been awesome either for the independence of his own voice and for his accessibility to the culture of overseas avant-garde literature. He begun writing and publishing in magazines at fifteen. His earliest paintings was once own and urban, very similar to that of the Imagists. In his twenties he wrote within the disassociative style––sometimes referred to as "literary cubism "––developed by way of Mallarmé, Apollinaire, and Reverdy. This was once now not loose organization, however the awake disassociation and recombination of the weather of the poem to accomplish the top attainable point of importance. together with his later books Rexroth moved again to a right away and classically basic type of own assertion. during this interval he wrote the nice nature poems, the affection poems, and the contemplative lyrics that experience proven his acceptance as the most vital American poets.

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VALLEY CANDLE My candle burned alone in an immense valley. Beams of the huge night converged upon it, Until the wind blew. Then beams of the huge night Converged upon its image, Until the wind blew. ANECDOTE OF MEN BY THE THOUSAND The soul, he said, is composed Of the external world. There are men of the East, he said, Who are the East. There are men of a province Who are that province. There are men of a valley Who are that valley. There are men whose words Are as natural sounds Of their places 5I As the cackle of toucans In the place of toucans.

48 Do you suppose that she cares a tick, In this hymeneal air, what it is That marries her innocence thus, So that her nakedness is near, Or that she will pause at scurrilous words? Poor buffo! Look at the lavender And look your last and look still steadily, And say how it comes that you see Nothing but trash and that you no longer feel Her body quivering in the F10real Toward the cool night and its fantastic star, Prime paramour and belted paragon, Well-booted, rugged, arrogantly male, Patron and imager of the gold Don John, Who will embrace her before summer comes.

Thus: The natives of the rain are rainy men. Although they paint effulgent, azure lakes, And April hillsides wooded white and pink, Their azure has a cloudy edge, their white And pink, the water bright that dogwood bears. And in their music showering sounds intone. 37 On what strange froth does the gross Indian dote, What Eden sapling gum, what honeyed gore, What pulpy dram distilled of innocence, That streaking gold should speak in him Or bask within his images and words? If these rude instances impeach themselves By force of rudeness, let the principle Be plain.

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