Empty Words. John Cage.
Empty Words

Empty Words

Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1981. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. Noted not only for his musical contributions but for his literary interests & endeavors, Cage once said: "Reading Finnegan's Wake I notice that though Joyce's subjects, verbs, and objects are unconventional, their relationships are the ordinary ones. With the exception of the Ten Thunderclaps and rumblings here and there, Finnegan's Wake employs syntax. Syntax gives it a rigidity from which classical Chinese & Japanese were free. A poem by Basho, for instance, floats in space...only the imagination of the reader limits the number of the poem's possible meanings." (Marjorie Perloff, "Sound States: Innovative Poetics and Acoustical Technologies" [The University of North Carolina Press, 1998]). For this pillar of the avant-garde, even James Joyce is too conventional. In this remarkable book of poems by John Cage, we have a look at Cage the writer, and can decide whether he learned to be a poet in his independent scholarship meandering. Book in fine condition with significant rubbing to front, back covers; uniform nicks & slight gauges throughout same; bumps at all corners esp. bottom left corner of front, back covers; yellowing at bottom left corner of back cover. Near Fine. [Item #2674]

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