George Oppen’s debut collection, Discrete Series (1934), is a group of short, fragmented poems written during his early association with the “Objectivists” poets. It was followed by twenty-four years of poetic silence, and is typically understood as a preparation for the books that comprise his mature career, during which he published six collections between 1962 and 1978. In part, this is because the poems of Discrete Series offer so few inroads—they dispense with stable references to political history and lack much in the way of supporting correspondence and other prose. So it is with great excitement that the Journal of Modern Literature is able to announce the recovery of an early typescript, 21 Poems by George Oppen (1930), and to reproduce it here in full.


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