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Be Brave to Things : The Uncollected Poetry and Plays of Jack Spicer

Spicer, JackKatz, Daniel(Edited by)
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Indispensable volume of previously unavailable poetry by an American masterBe Brave to Things shows legendary San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer at the top of his form, with his blistering intelligence, painful double-edged wit, and devastating will to truth everywhere on display.

Much of the poetry here has never before been published, but the volume also includes much out-of-print or hard to find work, as well as Spicer's three major plays, which have never been collected.

Here one finds major unfinished projects, early and alternate versions of well-known Spicer poems, shimmering stand-alone lyrics, and intricate extended "books" and serial poems.

This new cache of Spicer material will be indispensable for any student of 20th century American poetry, proffering a trove of primary material for Spicer's growing readership to savor and enjoy. "When your body brushed against me. . ."When your body brushed against me I rememberedHow we used to catch butterflies in our handsDown in the garden. We were such patient childrenFollowing them from flower to flowerWaiting and hoping. With our cupped hands we used to catch themAnd they answered us with a soft tickleFor they never stopped flying. In bed I remembered them and cried forThe touch of their fast wings, the impatienceOf their bright colorsI am too old for such gamesBut even tonight, now your body has reminded me of butterfliesI lie here awake, pretending.

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Wesleyan University Press
0819500968 / 9780819500960
Paperback / softback
United States
400 pages
21 cm
Reprint. Originally published: 2021.