Symposium of the Whole: A Range of Discourse Toward an Ethnopoetics

ISBN: 0520045319
Berkeley & Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1983. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "We are calling our book Symposium of the Whole after Robert Duncan's this we have added the subtitle, A Range of Discourse Toward an Ethnopoetics. That means, quite literally, that we are, in spite of the privileges of editorship, trying to remain open to the variety of voices and stances around this subject and, above all, to see the work as a movement toward something that can in no sense be taken as presently achieved." (from "Pre-Face," pg. XVIII) A comprehensive anthology of precursors & practitioners of ethnopoetics, edited & with commentaries by the founder of the term-idea, Jerome Rothenberg, & his wife Diane. Basically, western-"civilized" poets get back in touch with their "primitive" antecedents in a mutually enlightening common dialogue. The essays, criticism & analyses by many noted writers & thinkers include such modern, sometimes Beat-related figures as Robert Duncan, Clayton Eshleman, Diane di Prima, Charles Olson & Gary Snyder. With front cover collage illustration by Wallace Berman. This is the first softcover edition, first printing as shown on copyright page. A monumental document of importance to the Rothenberg- ethnopoetics scholar & collector. In near-fine condition with only mild rubbing & scratching of front, back covers & spine; slight wear, chipping & bumping of edges & corners of same; slight vertical waving-curvature of front cover, esp. right edge, decreasingly extending through interior & back cover; very slight wear & a few spots at edges of text block. Interior very fine with only vertical waving of page leaves noted above; tiny bumps at corner of a few of same. Near Fine. [Item #3112]

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