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The Collected Poems of Larry Eigner, 4-Volume Set
Contributor(s): Eigner, Larry (Author), Grenier, Robert (Editor), Faville, Curtis (Editor)

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ISBN: 0804750904     ISBN-13: 9780804750905
Publisher: Stanford University Press
OUR PRICE: $178.50  

Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: February 2010
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Poetry | American - General
Dewey: 811.54
LCCN: 2009027644
Physical Information: 6.2" H x 8.9" W x 11.7" (13.95 lbs) 1868 pages
Features: Dust Cover, Price on Product
Review Citations: Reference and Research Bk News 05/01/2010 pg. 278
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Publisher Description:
"Collected Poems" brings together, for the first time, all of the approximately 3,070 published and unpublished poems composed by Larry Eigner (1927-1996), a prominent American poet of the postwar era and one of the principal figures of the influential Black Mountain school. He was a leading practitioner of spatial poetry, in which the placement of words and letters on the page were intended to convey part of the poem's meaning.
Eigner's output and productivity were all the more remarkable in light of the fact that he was confined to a wheelchair for his entire life, the result of cerebral palsy. His instrument (on which he typed with his right finger and thumb) was a manual typewriter, and his medium was the whole world imagined and gathered into the space of each sheet of paper.
Eigner's genius was his capacity to combine imaginative range, moral purpose, determined observation of (and immersion in) details of his 'ordinary' surroundings, and a fine attention to the placement of letters in the space of his typewriter page. Organized chronologically, "Collected Poems" preserves the appearance of Eigner's typewriter pages, presenting each poem on an 8.5"x11" page in an equivalently spaced Courier font that mirrors the poet's own.
With the publication of this edition, Eigner's life's work will find its place as one of the most amazing achievements of 20th century American poetry.
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