Watermelons

Loewinsohn, Ron

Published by Totem Press, 1959
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Title: Watermelons

Publisher: Totem Press

Publication Date: 1959

Binding: paperback

Book Condition: Very Good In Wrappers

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New York. 1959. Totem Press. 1 of 1000 Copies. Very Good In Wrappers. 30 pages. paperback. Cover design by Basil King. keywords: Poetry America Literature. inventory # 35924. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘Ron Loewinsohn’s first verse five years ago was vague. Then something happened: ‘The Daisy made recognisable/suddenly/by a flash of/magic light, the tongue/of fire, Pentecost.’ The first original poem I saw was a description of his gaiety with an Arizona waitress. If he could write for real like that I decided I would too-looked around & wrote a poem about working at Greyhound, I owe him that. His verse began to sharpen into hard fact images, humane detail; his epiphanous Daisies & Seagulls recurred into poems. He fitted his prosody to what he wanted to say, began reading Williams to pick up on the half-century old tradition of American measure. It prepared a usable classical medium for him, & he saw it in time to eliminate bullshit. It’s a rare thing for anyone to get anywhere, but he makes it. He picked up on the technical competence abounding in 1956-San Francisco, and the local trust in Poetry. He’s a romantic visionary, not afraid of his own senses can transcribe his breakthroughs even if they come from his ‘own body in the shower.’ Not scared of a verbal jump-the Ox waking in the cellar ‘rusty and contemplative.’ Rusty, that’s good. Eerie universal ear at moments: The Stillness of the Poem, ‘Portent, like/ the sudden halt of great machines/ Silence. ‘ Exit from the Occasional Room-you can see he gets hung up on his actual experience and writes about it, wife, young job, & mystic melons. The Thing Made Real, a kid walking down the street dreaming of life, ‘Till it thunders into/ the consciousness/ in all its pure and beautiful/ absurdity/ like a White Rhinoceros’ This is innate poetic understanding already, (age 21, almost a miracle) expressed without affectation (really a miracle). A great wave of Poetry is breaking over America now & Loewinsohn’s early hip beauty helps wet everybody.’ - From the introduction by Allen Ginsberg, New York, 1959. Bookseller Inventory # 35924

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