As a measure of our historical distance from spicers personality a new generation of editors the poets peter gizzi and kevin killian moves beyond the spicer legend in order to present the full range of his poetry to readers both familiar and unfamiliar with his work zach finch boston review my vocabulary did this to me . My vocabulary did this to me the collected poetry of jack spicer jack spicer peter gizzi and kevin kellian edswesleyan university press 510pp 3500 continued from page 1now lets move to the west coast and whats been happening. Jack spicer january 30 1925 august 17 1965 was an american poet often identified with the san francisco renaissance in 2009 my vocabulary did this to me the collected poetry of jack spicer won the american book award for poetry. Reviews ben lerner my vocabulary did this to me the collected poetry of jack spicer edited by peter gizzi and kevin killian wesleyan university press 2008 465 pp isbn 0819568872 after is a key word in the poetry and poetics of jack spicer and so it feels fitting that my vocabulary did this to me his collected poems has taken several decades to arrive. During his short but prolific life spicer troubled the concepts of translation voice and the act of poetic composition itself my vocabulary did this to me is a landmark publication of this essential poets life work and includes poems that have become increasingly hard to find and many published here for the first time
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