Biography of Charles Olson
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 school, include Olson as a primary and precedent figure. He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as "an archeologist of morning."
Charles Olson Poems
Maximus, To Himself
I have had to learn the simplest things last. Which made for difficulties. Even at sea I was slow, to get the hand out, or to cross a wet deck.
1 What does not change / is the will to change He woke, fully clothed, in his bed. He remembered only one thing, the birds, how when he came in, he had gone around the rooms
I, Maximus of Gloucester, to You
Off-shore, by islands hidden in the blood jewels & miracles, I, Maximus a metal hot from boiling water, tell you what is a lance, who obeys the figures of the present dance
As the Dead Prey Upon Us
As the dead prey upon us, they are the dead in ourselves, awake, my sleeping ones, I cry out to you, disentangle the nets of being!
Variations Done for Gerald Van De Wiele
I. Le Bonheur dogwood flakes what is green the petals
The Songs of Maximus: SONG 2
all wrong And I am asked—ask myself (I, too, covered with the gurry of it) where shall we go from here, what can we do
The Songs of Maximus: SONG 1
colored pictures of all things to eat: dirty postcards And words, words, words
Maximus, to Gloucester: Letter 2
. . . . . tell you? ha! who can tell another how to manage the swimming? he was right: people
The landscape (the landscape!) again: Gloucester, the shore one of me is (duplicates), and from which (from offshore, I, Maximus) am removed, observe.
What does not change / is the will to change
He woke, fully clothed, in his bed. He
remembered only one thing, the birds, how
when he came in, he had gone around the rooms
and got them back in their cage, the green one first,
she with the bad leg, and then the blue,