In 1999 Black Sparrow published Ed Sanders' America: A History in
Verse, Volume 1, 1900-1939. This second volume continues the
series, covering the years 1940-1961. Inscribing the historical
period in that speeded-up dream of history which marks the Sanders
docu-epic style, this installment begins and ends with America on
the brink of a war and great changes -- in 1940 "with greed &
evil / somewhat in check / when compared to Europe", and in 1961,
"at the beginning of a decade / that revealed the best & the
worst / of a great nation".
Sander's patented signature in poetry is an imaginative
compression of historical fact into poetic myth; his mode of
"compacted history", employed in such earlier Black Sparrow volumes
as Hymn to the Rebel Cafe, Chekhov, and 1968: A History in Verse,
reminds us repeatedly of Pound's critical insistence on economy in
poetic writing (dichtung=condensare). Angry, wistful, defiant and
extremely funny, Sanders' reinventions of historical worlds offer a
moving masque of time constructed out of multiple narrative aspects
and tones, skillfully and variously implemented by rhetorical
techniques of chronicle, anecdote, document, reportage, paean and
"Poetry should again assume responsibility for the description
of history", Ed Sanders proclaimed in his momentous 1976 manifesto
on Investigative Poetics. Dedicated since then to a "relentless
pursuit of data", Sanders has distinguished himself as the
historically engaged poet of his generation, the one poet of
imagination whose work also brings us an important vision of a
world existing outside itself.
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