Olson - Polis Is This and on energy

Well, first I went to find a photo of The Big Guy, but there aren't any free ones. I looked on the plain old Google search and saw the one I always visualize when I think of him. He's sitting with the pen, at the table by the window, with the cloth draped over his shoulder. I always picture Charles Olson in a toga as a result. That must have been the first photo I saw of him...Funny.

So, I click on that image and it leads to a review of a documentary, called "Polis Is This". So then I try to see if it's on DVD or if not, where it's screening next and that took me all over the internet until I got to the most obvious spot: http://www.polisisthis.com/.

While I was watching the trailor, I picked up my binder of BMR photocopies and started to re-read Olson poems but sometimes my 21 year old and ignorant (in the absolute term, as in without knowledge, not the derogatory way) comments make me feel too stupid, even a decade later. And now I'm done with my diversion.

And now to what I was going to talk about before:
"In American poetry the striding syllables show an aesthetic based on energies..." on the first page of the essay "Notes on Poetics Regarding Olson's Maximus".

See, I was going to skip this essay because I thought I had all I needed from the other essays I read in Fictive Certainties. But after getting my BMR back finally, I went back to the Duncan on Olson essay. Oh, and I went back to them because of the quotes from their letters that I read on a blog and reposted on this one.

And that's when I realized I had more tools at my disposal in regards to defining energy in a work of art. So, here it is August and I'm reading it and crunching it up and rolling it around.

Anyway, not long after this quote on the first page, Duncan launches into Pound's "How to Read" and the three types of poetry. Which I noted: "Read about in PEPP?" because I think I read about them in the Princeton Encyclopedia etc. So then I have to check that...

And now I'm tired. More later.

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