Guided by Lost & Found’s unwritten rule to “follow the person,” Series II ’s auspicious journey centers around the visionary poet Diane di Prima. The two collectively edited di Prima lectures, The Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D. and R.D.’S H.D., are the heart of Series II and map out a unique methodological approach to poetics, offering an overview of lineages that defines a generation. The transcription of Robert Duncan's seminal Olson Memorial Lecture is a tour de force interpretation of Charles Olson’s “MAXIMUS FROM DOGTOWN I," and gives a startling view into the workings of Duncan’s torrential mind. The immediate political and cultural complexities found in both poetry communities and the nation as a whole is explored in the concerns of Muriel Rukeyser's writings about the Spanish Civil War. Jack Spicer's previously unpublished translation of Beowulf pursues questions of language and examines the uneasy balance between the lyric, the elegiac, and the epic. The unearthed selections from Margaret Randall’s cutting-edge bilingual Mexico City based quarterly El Corno Emplumado / The Plumed Horn provide an important and historical document in the world of letters by revisiting radical and innovative cross-cultural ideas that are as relevant today as they were then.


Collected in: Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

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