Newly discovered poems by George Oppen, published as 21 Poems, nearly doubles the size of Oppen’s early and influential corpus, and happily, the poems themselves are fascinating.
September 1, 2017
George Oppen (1908–1984) was best known as one of the members of the Objectivist group of poets. He abandoned poetry in the 1930s for political activism, and later moved to Mexico to avoid the attentions of the House Un-American Activities Committee. He returned to poetry—and to the United States—in 1958, and received a Pulitzer Prize for his work in 1969.
David B. Hobbs
David B. Hobbs is a PhD Candidate at New York University, writing a dissertation about lyric modernism and the city. (August 2017)