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Charles Olson Changes Objects: A Reinterpretation of Projective Verse

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1242
JournalTEXTUAL PRACTICE
Volume33
Issue number7
Early online date28 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Abstract

This article argues that what Charles Olson called objectism was not the mere
rehashing of objectivist poetics, as has sometimes been supposed, but
involved the working out of a position that was diametrically opposed to
objectivism, with respect both to objects in the world and objects in the poem.
Central to objectism was what I call here the rule of interchangeability. It is
this principle of interchangeability, I argue, that both grounds poetry’s open
form and frees up its dynamic relational energy. In the second half of the
essay I consider how these findings bear upon the poetry through detailed
close reading of some of the earlier Maximus poems.

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