Friday, July 15, 2011

Aimless Reading: The O's, Part 5 (Charles Olson)

Schlesinger, Kyle, ed.
Charles Olson at Goddard College
April 12-14, 1962

Sent to me by the editor/publisher.

Well, looks like we might at least begin the Olson section before the move. And what better to begin it with than with its newest member, Charles Olson at Goddard College, just out from Cuneiform.

Cuneiform started in Buffalo, when Kyle was a grad student in the poetics program. Kyle and his press have since moved on to New York and now Austin, where he continues to publish a wide range of quality work.

I remember when Kyle first told me he had a recording of Olson reading in Vermont. This had to be ten years ago. He transcribed the whole thing and posted the recording on the Slought foundation website.

He had plans, he said, to do a really strong transcription and turn it into a book. Well, a decade later, here it is. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I have listened to some of the recordings.

Olson had a powerfully eclectic imagination that seemed to be working in overdrive all the time, and he was that rare individual who could make his thought process visible in all its complexity both on the page and when he spoke. This is a great example.

You can listen to the recordings at the links below.

O, and you can buy the book here:

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