Charles Olson:
Language as Physical Fact


A Panel, Reading, & Exhibition

Curated by Charles Alexander
 
Charles Olson: Language as Physical Fact was a conference and exhibition at the University of Arizona Poetry Center sponsored by CHAX Press on October 10-11, 2008.

Conference Description

Why Olson? Why Now?

On Broadsides


PANEL

The following talks were originally presented at Charles Olson: Language as Physical Fact on October 11, 2008. Participants included Barbara Henning, Steve McCaffery, Tenney Nathanson, Cole Swensen, and Anne Waldman.

Audio of Full Panel & Discussion

Topological Transformation in Olson's Maximus
Tenney Nathanson

 
Olson and the Projective
Cole Swensen

 
Charles Olson's Art of Language: The Mayan Substratum of Projective Verse
Steve McCaffery
 
The Content of History Will be Poetry
Barbara Henning

 
Olson Now: Lang/guishing Notes for a Speech
Anne Waldman

 
 
OLSON READING

Participants were asked to read a favorite Olson poem for the occasion.
 
"Letter 6" and "The Homeric Hymn"
read by Anne Waldman

 
"The Kingfishers"
read by Cole Swensen

 
"In Cold Hell In Thicket"
read by Steve McCaffery

 
"Cole's Island"
read by Barbara Henning

 
Excerpts from "Maximus"
read by Tenney Nathanson

 
Late works from The Maximus Poems, vol. 3, including "I shall hate to leave this earthly paradise"
read by Charles Alexander

 

POETRY READINGS

Participants read from their own work.
 
Anne Waldman
(Introduced by Barbara Henning)


Cole Swensen
(Introduced by Charles Alexander)

Steve McCaffery
(Introduced by Tenney Nathanson)