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Charles Olson (27 December 1910 – 10 January 1970), was a second generation American modernist poet who was a link between earlier figures such as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance. Consequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the language ... more »

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  • Hail them, and fall off. Fall off! The drink is not yours,
    it is not yours! You do not come
    from the same place, you do not suffer as the dead do,
    they do not suffer, they need, b...
    Charles Olson (1910-1970), U.S. poet. A Newly Discovered "Homeric" Hymn (l. 34-38). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann an...
  • ''Beware the dead. And hail them. They teach you drunkenness.
    You have your own place to drink. Hail and beware them, when they come.''
    Charles Olson (1910-1970), U.S. poet. A Newly Discovered "Homeric" Hymn (l. 40-41). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann an...
  • ''I take SPACE to be the central fact to man born in America.... I spell it large because it comes large here. Large and without mercy.''
    Charles Olson (1910-1970), U.S. poet, critic. Call Me Ishmael, sct. 1 (1947).
  • ''What does not change is the will to change''
    Charles Olson (1910-1970), U.S. poet. The Kingfishers (l. 1). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford Unive...
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