Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Charles Olson (1910-1970)

[Charles Olson, "Poet Maximus elder", during the Vancouver Poetry Conference, July 1963 c. The Allen Ginsberg Estate]

January 10 - 42 years ago today - Charles Olson died. We've linked already to Henry Ferrini's documentary movie, Polis Is This. His (Olson's) EPC page (out of the University of Buffalo) may be accessed here. His PennSound (University of Pennsylvania) audio recordings page may be accessed here. Storrs (University of Connecticut) is, of course, the singular repository of his archives.
Allen and he first met in Harvard in 1959, but the crucial first conjunction, perhaps, was the 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference (at which the above shots were taken). Audio of Allen's reading at that Conference can be heard here and here, Olson's here and here. There are also a number of fascinating panel discussions, featuring not only Olson and Ginsberg but also Robert Duncan and Robert Creeley, Philip Whalen, Denise Levertov, and others.
The 1970 Paris Review interview with Gerard Malanga (at least the version published by the magazine) may be read here.

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