The American poet Louis Zukofsky received little public attention during his lifetime, though he was regarded by his literary contemporaries as one of the finest writers in the United States. Now in paperback, Complete Short Poetry gathers all of Zukofsky's poetry outside his 800-page magnum opus entitled " A"--including work that appeared in All: The Collected Short Poems, 1923-1964, the experimental transliteration (with Celia Zukofsky) of Catullus, the limited edition 80 Flowers, as well as several fugitive pieces never before collected. "Zukofsky is the American Mallarme," writes Hugh Kenner, "and given the peculiar intentness of the American preoccupation with language--obsessive, despite what you may read in the newspapers--his work is more disorienting by far than his exemplar's ever was. Mallarme had a long poetic tradition from which to deviate into philology. Zukofsky received a philological tradition, which he raised to a higher power."
"Louis Zukofsky is one of the most important poets of my generation. These poems are absolute clarification, crystal cabinets full of air and angels."--Kenneth Rexroth "With a fleck of the bright future a whole world can again be imagined and the music picks up again. I hear a new music of verse stretching out into the future."--William Carlos Williams "The appearance of his short poems in one volume is a major event."--'World Literature Today' "The publication of this handsome edition of...'Complete Short Poetry' is important in a number of ways. It facilitates the availability of the complete Zukofsky canon, thereby potentially prompting renewed critical interest in the poet. And, as the choice of Robert Creeley as author of the volume's foreword reminds us, Zukofsky was an important influence on those American poets of the 1950s and 1960s whose work continues to bear an uneasy and illuminating relationship to the canon of American verse."--'Magill's Literary Annual 1992' "This volume is essential for anyone hoping to understand the whole modern movement, especially the Objectivist branch."--'Beloit Literary Journal'