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Prepositions +

The Collected Critical Essays

An indispensable collection of an avant-garde poet's literary essays.

Prepositions: The Collected Critical Essays, published first in 1967 and then in an expanded edition in 1981, was a definitive set of critical statements by Louis Zukofsky, one of the most important poets of the 20th century. These central expositions of Zukofsky's own poetics, and enduring examinations of the art of poetry, range over the entire length of Zukofsky's career and include sensitive and prescient readings of Henry Adams, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, E. E. Cummings, and others.

Prepositions + brings this essential collection back into print, and adds generous selections of Zukofsky's uncollected prose, most notably the crucial 5 Statements for Poetry. Published in a small edition in 1958 and out of print ever since, 5 Statements gathers the essays that Zukofsky felt best presented his own poetics. Among them are the three essays, in their original and expansive forms, that crystallized the "Objectivist" movement of the early 1930s. Prepositions + also includes an extended in-depth interview in which Zukofsky discusses his poetry and poetics.

About the Authors

In addition to The Wesleyan Centennial Edition of the Complete Critical Writings, LOUIS ZUKOFSKY's many books include "A," The Complete Short Poetry, and The Collected Fiction. MARK SCROGGINS is author of Louis Zukofsky and the Poetry of Knowledge (1998). CHARLES BERNSTEIN is Professor of English at SUNY-Buffalo.


"Like Mr. Zukofsky's poetry, these short, gnarled, tendentious, self-assured, inward, rather pedantic, rather touching pieces give an impression of restraint whose bearing is toward some integrity of self that is itself a kind of restraint."—M. L. Rosenthal, Poetry


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