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Rexroth Collected Longer Poems

Kenneth Rexroth

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ISBN : 9780811203685
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This is a companion volume to the Collected Shorter Poems of Kenneth Rexroth which was published in 1967. All of the long poems written over the past forty years are included: The Homestead Called Damascus (1920-25), A Prolegomenon to a TheodicyMoreThis is a companion volume to the Collected Shorter Poems of Kenneth Rexroth which was published in 1967. All of the long poems written over the past forty years are included: The Homestead Called Damascus (1920-25), A Prolegomenon to a Theodicy (1925-27), The Phoenix and the Tortoise (1940-44), The Dragon and the Unicorn (1944-50) and The Hearts Garden, The Gardens Heart (1967-68).As we read the long poems together and in sequence we can see thatRexroth is a philosophical poet of consequence who offers us acomprehensive system of values based on the realization of the ethicalmysticism of universal responsibility. He is concerned, above all, withprocess: the movement from the Dual to the Other. I have tried,Rexroth writes, to embody in verse the belief that the only validconservation of value lies in the assumption of unlimited liability, thesupernatural identification of the self with the tragic unity ofcreative process. I hope I have made it clear that the self does not dothis by an act of will, by sheer assertion. He who would save his lifemust lose it.