Dating an objectivist
The epigraph reads: “to give to the epic its rightful qualities, to find again the essential distinction of the epic, which is neither love nor hate but the restitution of these sentiments to a chain of facts which exist, and the existence of which confers upon them the marvelous.” This is taken from Taupin’s article “Three Poems by André Salmon,” translated by LZ and included in the “Objectivists” Reznikoff’s contributions in the first section of An “Objectivists” Anthology are a short play, Rashi, that originally appeared in Nine Plays (1927) and an excerpt from “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” an early version of the prose Testimony published by The Objectivists Press in 1934, which would in turn be reworked and considerably expanded as verse (or what Reznikoff called “recitative”) and published eventually in four books beginning with Testimony: The United States 1885-1890: Recitative (New Directions, 1965).Further sections of “My Country, ’Tis of Three” also appeared in 1932 in Contact edited by WCW and Robert Mc Almon: 1.1 (Feb 1932): 14-34, 1.2 (May 1932): 99-108.The editor regrets the delay; also the limitations of page-space which prevent his presenting contributions by Helen Margaret, Herman Spector, John W. The editor also regrets the omission of a blank page representing Ezra Pound’s contribution to this issue—a page reserved for him as an indication of his belief that a country tolerating outrages like article 211 of the U. Penal Code, publishers’ ‘overhead,’ and other impediments to literary life, ‘does not deserve to have any literature whatsoever.’ Mr.Pound gave over to younger poets the space offered him.” In his contributor’s note, LZ remarks: “His poem ‘A’—in process—includes two themes: I—desire for the poetically perfect finding its direction inextricably the direction of historical and contemporary particulars; and II—approximate attainment of this perfection in the feeling of the contrapuntal design of the figure transferred to poetry; both themes related to the text of Bach’s St.In light of this, how can I draw any self-esteem from my studies, whether successful or not?
By my reading, Galt's motor was pretty much a free energy miracle – for the same price as a car engine a car could need no fuel and be nearly maintenance free.I want to enjoy Atlas Shrugged and her other fiction more, but I'm often annoyed with the aesthetics of her work.I acknowledge the fact that the novels are great, but every time I see mention of Francisco's mocking smile or John Galt's mocking eyes or Hank Rearden's mocking laugh or John Galt's implacable voice or New York City's implacable skyline or Dagny Taggart's silent terror, I just want to pull my hair out.From the former is included the opening paragraphs through the list of recommended reading and from the latter the two definitional paragraphs on “sincerity” and “objectification.” This volume is actually a selection, that according to WCW himself was largely chosen and edited by LZ (I Wanted to Write a Poem, ed. Despite the title, the collection includes a section of earlier poems.Friends and Fans — I have retired from my work as a public intellectual, so Philosophy in Action is on indefinite hiatus.
Aside from the title, this poem consists, of a single found line—“Dis in napa now trailing the sterilized.”— apparently taken from a sentence written by Kaplan.