New Collected Poems [With CD]

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About the Author

GEORGE OPPEN (1908-1984) was born in New Rochelle, New York. Often associated with the Objectivists, Oppen abandoned poetry in the 1930s for political activism, and later moved to Mexico to avoid the House Un-American Activities Committee. He returned to poetry--and to the United States--in 1958 and received a Pulitzer Prize for his work in 1969.
Eliot Weinberger's books of literary essays include Karmic Traces, An Elemental Thing, The Ghosts of Birds, and Angels & Saints. His political writings are collected in What I Heard About Iraq and What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles. The author of a study of Chinese poetry translation, 19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei, he is a translator of the poetry of Bei Dao and the editor of The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry. He was formerly the general editor of the series Calligrams: Writings from and on China and the literary editor of the Murty Classical Library of India. Among his many translations of Latin American poetry and prose are The Poems of Octavio Paz, Paz's In Light of India, Vicente Huidobro's Altazor, Xavier Villaurrutia's Nostalgiafor Death, and Jorge Luis Borges' Seven Nights and Selected Non-Fictions. He has been publishing with New Directions since 1975.


A first rate edition of Oppen's poetry. His poetry serves as a model of modernist ethics as well as aesthetics.--William Doreski
Valuable. Davidson's excellent: his choice of material is judicious and representative, and thankfully accompanied by enlightening explanatory notes.--Eric Hoffman
He again and again earns the reader's admiration, again and again directs us towards unexpected linguistic and sensory insights.--Marta Figlerowicz
Oppen's respect for the act of making, no matter how small, is at every moment palpable, and it infuses his work with sweetness that makes difficulty feel like life's reward.--James Longenbach