Projective Verse

April 28, 2013

Charles Olson

The current issue of PDR features two critical essays that examine the theory and practice of the poet Charles Olson.

A piece by nonfiction editor David Taber introduces Olson’s influential essay “Projective Verse.” A critical essay by the poet Sam Cha, “‘Projective Verse’ and the ‘Open Text’ Considered as Practices of Body,” provides a personal reflection on Olson’s ideas, as well as those of language poet Lyn Hejinian. Finally, “The Poetics of Presence,” by PDR editor Thomas Dodson, draws on the critical resources of deconstruction to examine Olson’s claims about the nature of the connection between speech and being.