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Author Reverdy, Pierre, Other Authors Rexroth, Kenneth, , tr. Subjects Reverdy, Pierre, -- Translations into English. French poetry. French poetry -- Translations into English.
Natural Numbers: New and Selected Poems by Kenneth Rexroth
English poetry -- Translations from French. Bibliography: p. Parallel French text and English translation.
This translation originally published, New York: New Directions, View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"? CARM Centre. Dec 23, metaphor rated it it was amazing Shelves: kenneth-rexroth , poetry. The wind walks slowly away from the storm; Veers on the wooded crests; sounds In the valleys. Here we are isolate, One with the other; and beyond This orchard lies isolation, The isolation of all the world. Never let anything intrude On the isolation of this day, […] Do not speak.
My face sinks In the clotted summer of your hair. The sound of the bees stops. Stillness falls like a cloud. Be still. Let your body fall away Into the awe filled silence Of the fulfilled summer— Back, back, infinitely away— Our lips w The wind walks slowly away from the storm; Veers on the wooded crests; sounds In the valleys. Let your body fall away Into the awe filled silence Of the fulfilled summer— Back, back, infinitely away— Our lips weak, faint with stillness.
We could not see the moving dark And light, the stars that stood or moved, The stars that fell. Did they all fall We had not known.
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We were falling Like meteors, dark through black cold Toward each other, and then compact, Blazing through air into the earth. Dec 10, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry , american-lit. Kenneth Rexroth was a poet, translator and critical essayist. He is regarded as a central figure in the San Francisco Renaissance, and paved the groundwork for the movement. Although he did not consider himself to be a Beat poet, and disliked the association, he was one of the major influences on the Beat generation, and was once dubbed "Father of the Beats" by Time.
He was among the first poets in the United States to explore traditional Japanese poetic forms such as haiku. His first volume In Kenneth Rexroth was a poet, translator and critical essayist. His first volume In What Hour appeared in , in which spiritual tranquility and moral anguish appeared together like testaments to both the beauties of the cosmos and the horrors of human history. In What Hour was followed by a regular succession of volumes, and in The Dragon and the Unicorn, a book-length philosophical poem, with a narrative spine provided by his travels around Europe.
As a result of this substantial body of published work, by the s he was widely known and admired as a leading figure in the emerging alternative culture, whose effective capital was San Francisco. There he was something of a father-figure to the many younger poets and writers who had emerged from, or converged upon the city over the previous decade, among them Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, and Allen Ginsberg.
He presided over their gatherings, participated in their readings, sometimes to jazz accompaniment, and boosted their work over his weekly radio book review program. His poetry, presented here in a generous selection, has always been among my favorites in large part due to the "accessible voice".
Jul 11, Matthew Davidson rated it it was amazing. I really don't know how to classify or describe Rexroth's poetry. Some of it is, like William Blake's, deliberately child-like and superbly witty and ironic i. Some of it is epistolic such as his "Letter to William Carlos Williams" — whom he admired greatly. And much of it reflects nature — and there are some love poems in this book as well. He was also not enamored with much of what is loosely termed, "Western Civilization. I can only say that I admire his word choice diction and the musical flow of the language and can recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a sensitive look at what's around them.
Jul 05, Duncan H! One of the men i think i love. Oct 12, James rated it really liked it. I knew nothing of Rexroth save the scowly expression that looked back at me from the cover of this book for 30 years. You cannot judge a book by its cover; he is not the man I imagined at all. His love poems were numerous and quite good.
His camping poems even more numerous and with a wide range of subject matter run the gamut from excellent to meh. His political diatribes often seem like rants, but then he does have a powerful, lifelong obsession with politics. My previous sentences give a fals I knew nothing of Rexroth save the scowly expression that looked back at me from the cover of this book for 30 years.
My previous sentences give a false impression.
Good, bad, failure, love, nature, politics: it's all here. And the student of poetry can learn an enormous amount by reading this volume. I did. His work prompted numerous notes, and I probably began half a dozen poems triggered by items that I read here.
This is a poet that should be on your reading list! Mar 12, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: beat-poets. I did a report on Rexroth for my St. Ed's class. He wrote some great stuff--he was a little older than most of the Beats, but no less angry or frustrated with the state of things.
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I also like the one about the Spanish Civil War--powerful stuff--soldiers watching their enemies get bombed, and all that. Nov 27, Scott rated it it was amazing. I read this thin volume slowly after purchasing it at City Lights in San Francisco, savoring a poem or two at a time, enjoying Rexroth's imagery and allusions like perfectly seasoned snacks. I was more familiar with Rexroth's translations than his original work.
This sampling makes me want to go much deeper into his work. Nov 28, Jeff is currently reading it. Nov 05, Vmillerstumpf rated it it was amazing. Gorgeous, sensual, rich poetry from one of this past century's greats. May 09, Nick rated it really liked it.
Send new sneakers. Nov 04, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: unfinished.