Saturday, July 31, 2010

Charles Olson Study Group Begins Thursday, September 9 at the Bookstore in Gloucester's West End


Poetry lovers and those who would like to learn more about the life and work of the internationally acclaimed Gloucester poet Charles Olson are invited to join a free study group at the Bookstore in the West End, beginning on Thursday, September 9.


Sponsored by the Charles Olson Society and the Bookstore of Gloucester, the study group is open to everyone without charge. It will meet weekly through October 7 at 7 p.m. each evening.


Leading the study group will be poet, editor and teacher James Cook and writer and former Gloucester Times columnist, Peter Anastas. Anastas, a personal friend of Olson’s, edited the poet’s letters to the editor of the Gloucester Times, published as “Maximus to Gloucester.”


The purpose of the group, according to Cook, is to make Olson’s poetry and prose accessible to participants.


“We’ll be reading the major poems together,” Cook said, “trying to place them in the context of Olson’s multi-faceted career as a Harvard-trained scholar and historian, a wartime bureaucrat and Democratic Party politician in Washington, DC, and a teacher and later rector of the famed experimental Black Mountain College.”


“Our special focus,” Anastas adds, “will be on Olson’s life and work in Gloucester, particularly ‘The Maximus Poems,’ Olson’s epic poem about the city through history.”


The only required text for the study group will be Ralph Maud’s comprehensive “A Charles Olson Reader,” which is available for immediate purchase at the Book Store (see above cover photo of Maud's book).


Those interested in joining the group are asked to stop in at the Book Store and sign up or to call at 978-281-1548 to reserve a place.


The Olson study group is part of a series of events leading up to Olson 100, Gloucester’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the poet’s birth, which will take place over the weekend of October 9-10.


The celebration will include readings by local and visiting writers, panel discussions about Olson’s legacy, a Sunday morning walk to Gloucester sites mentioned in Olson’s poetry and the performance by Sarah Slifer and Mark Wagner of a dance play by Olson, followed by a concert featuring local musician and composer Willie Alexander, who has set some of Olson’s poetry to music. For more information on the centenary or the study group, please go to http://olson100.blogspot.com/


16 comments:

李吳俊其彥柏 said...

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韋雅萍志 said...

Quality is better than quantity...................................................................

怡于名君 said...

No pains, no gains..................................................................

peN said...

IS there any chance you guys could skype this to interested NWesterners??

Paul Nelson
Seattle, WA

peN said...

IS there any chance you guys could skype this to interested NWesterners??

Paul Nelson
Seattle, WA

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Postdrop said...

I don't know nuthin' about no Skype, but there HAS to be a publicly available recording of Apollonius of Tyana. Period. This is not something that is going to be performed a whole bunch of times. I'm no expert video guy, but if you need an inexperienced idiot with a borrowed or rented video camera to do it because no one else will, I volunteer. Even a messed up sucky recording would totally be worth it.

瑛萍 said...

愛情不是慈善事業,不能隨便施捨。......................................................................

Postdrop said...

I got the book from Abe's for $20. Don't know if they have more.

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瑰潼 said...

朋友是一面鏡子......................................................................

316 said...

你不能決定生命的長度,但你可以控制它的寬度..................................................

黃英吳思潔吳思潔邦 said...

一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。......................................................................

SadeRa盈君iford0412 said...

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