Item #2236 80 Flowers. Louis Zukofsky.
80 Flowers

80 Flowers

[Lunenberg, VT]: Printed for the Author at the Stinehour Press, 1978. First edition. 80 pp. Beige cloth, printed spine label. One of 80 copies, this copy out-of-series. Some mottling to cloth. Zukofsky's final work, "a culmination to a life in language." Though initially considered impenetrable, Michele J. Leggott's Reading Zukofsky's 80 Flowers "recognized the ways in which Zukofsky's various interests and preoccupations coalesced in the preparation of 80 Flowers, but rather than seeing this as an impossible impediment, she regarded them as objects of fascination which required some elucidation- in some cases, considerable elucidation- but were neither impregnable barriers nor impossible obstacles. Writing with the specialist in mind and an evident command of Zukofsky's subjects and themes, she explained in great detail and with impressive clarity the ways in which classical motifs, Shakespearean elements, numerical arrangements, and a consuming passion for linguistic interactions were regathered by the poet in a reflective voyage through the primary concerns of his previous work." The book never received proper distribution and is rare. Item #2236

Price: $1,500.00

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