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Poet George Oppen (1908–1984) and artist and writer Mary Oppen (1908–1990) were striking, exemplary, and somewhat mysterious cultural figures of the last decades of the twentieth century. To a younger group of artists, George Oppen functioned as a mentor, an irritant, and a supporter. Together, because of their intense and unique union, the Oppens provided a model of the companionate artistic life. In this book the poets, editors, writers, composers, and teachers who knew the couple consider their encounters and relationships with George and Mary Oppen. Set at a politically crucial time in US history, from the Cold War through the Vietnam War and the women’s movement, the essays show how people tried to integrate art and politics in the spirit of the Oppens’ own debates and choices.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. A Note on the Text
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Rachel Blau DuPlessis
  3. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Poems on George Oppen / Harvey Shapiro
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. Notes from Memoirs and Conversations of Julian Zimet
  2. [Julian Halevy
  3. pp. 24-27
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  1. 10 for George / David Antin
  2. pp. 28-37
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  1. Mary Oppen, George Oppen, Friendships
  2. Samuel Klonimos [Stephen Schneider]
  3. pp. 38-62
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  1. “Glad you’ve initiated this correspondence. . . .”
  2. Michael Heller
  3. pp. 63-72
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  1. Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire: Living One’s Poetics
  2. Diane Wakoski
  3. pp. 73-77
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  1. Since My Distances Became My Home: A Response to George Oppen
  2. John Crawford
  3. pp. 78-104
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  1. This in Which I Remember George Oppen: Two Views
  2. Kathleen Fraser
  3. pp. 105-112
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  1. Distant Life
  2. Michael Davidson
  3. pp. 113-129
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  1. With Oppen
  2. Henry Weinfield
  3. pp. 130-145
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  1. Meeting George Oppen
  2. Charles Amirkhanian, Carol Law
  3. pp. 146-153
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  1. “Successive / Happenings”
  2. Ted Pearson
  3. pp. 154-167
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  1. Oppen: His Impact
  2. David McAleavey
  3. pp. 168-177
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  1. George and Mary Oppen: Poetry and Friendship
  2. Sharon Olds
  3. pp. 178-187
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  1. George Oppen: The Knowledge of All We Do Not Know
  2. Anthony Rudolf
  3. pp. 188-202
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  1. Three Memories of Oppen
  2. Frances Jaffer
  3. pp. 203-204
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  1. “Man or Woman Near”: Remembering George and Mary Oppen
  2. Jane Augustine
  3. pp. 205-211
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  1. Dialogues with Oppen: Appropriation and Gender
  2. Rachel Blau DuPlessis
  3. pp. 212-235
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  1. Oppen’s Pipe
  2. Paul Auster
  3. pp. 236-242
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  1. Turquoise
  2. Linda Oppen
  3. pp. 243-261
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 262-267
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 268-275
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 276-283
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 284
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826356246
Related ISBN
9780826356239
MARC Record
OCLC
925781622
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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