Friday, February 23, 2007


New on the Documents Page at OlsonNow:

Paul Nelson/The Sound of the Field and Organic Poetry and Dualism and Olson's Antidote

Kelly Matthews/Letter toi Maximus From Cassandra

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Dear Olson Society members and film supporters,

I wanted to give everyone a new year's update. I'm spending the next couple of weeks in an audio studio tweeking and prepping for a February sound mix. This is the last major technical piece of work to be done. I am hopeful some donations will come through between now and then to fund the mix otherwise.... I'll go fish. I'm committed to a March wrap. This train is not making any more stops. I hope the following screenings will help toward pay off the dept.

My target is March 3rd at Beyond Baroque in LA. If you know people in the LA area please let them know. They can check for updated info. The big push is slated for April. The first screening is set up for April 10th at Bridgewater State, next off to Buffalo on April 14th. I'm working on screenings in Worcester(Clark or WPI), Salem State, Wesleyan, Uconn and Harvard (Gerrit's been in touch with Don Share at the Poetry Room and I will be following up). If anyone has other ideas about where the film can be shown drop me a line.

Poetry Month could be busy so I'm thinking the Gloucester opening at the Historical should be in May. We should consider having a short live component. I sent Bo Smith, film curator at the Museum of Fine Arts film program a rough cut and he's gung ho about having a screening either in May or June. Bo had read Olson but had never seen him. I want to talk with Bill Corbett about helping with the live component there. When I get the film burned to DVD I'll send it to Malkovich, If he's in town maybe he'll want to read at the MFA or in Gloucester.

Kenny Riaf and I have been fine tuning the piece over the last couple of months and feel the changes made have made for a better film. We hope it connects to a new audience who have never heard of Charles Olson.





The Poetry of Charles Olson Performed as physical theater by Richard Haisma

Saturday, March 10 at 5 & 9 PM &
Sunday, March 11 at 2 & 5 PM

In Village Gate
302 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
North Building, Unit 201, 2nd Floor
(Enter from outdoor courtyard, to the left of Houghton Bookstore or enter from the Parking Lot on the north side).
Wheel chair accessible.

Tickets: $7, Students & Seniors: $5.
No admission for youth under 16.

Charles Olson (1910-1970) was a seminal and commanding force in contemporary poetry. He coined the term ‘post-modern’ and influenced a generation of major poets and writers, including Amiri Baraka, Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, Ed Dorn, and Robert Duncan. The range of his interests, from paleontology to physics to art history to psychology gave him an epic, lyric and freshly dramatic voice.

Ed Dorn called Olson “… a creative gambler, a great intellectual punter constantly at the gaming tables of thought and literature.” William Carlos Williams said of Olson: “A major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me.”

With this performance, actor-dancer Richard Haisma reveals the kinetic and dramatic depth of Olson’s vision. From The Maximus Poems and the Collected Poetry a selection of the most moving, visceral and clairvoyant poems are performed with vocal virtuosity and theatrical vigor. While most writers are familiar with Olson’s legacy, the physical viability of his voice now has a champion for reaching a larger audience in a publicly radiant and moving manner.

For more information: 585-527-9033


A few years ago I typed up a bibliography for a reading group with Bob Creeley on Olson and Melville. Ralph Maud printed it in The Minutes a few years later. I'm interested in updating it now, so please drop me a line if you're aware of any primary or secondary sources that should appear below.


Kyle Schlesinger


Moby-Dick and Call Me Ishmael

"The Growth of Herman Melville: Prose Writer and Poetic Thinker"

"Lear and Moby-Dick" Twice A Year, 1 (Fall-Winter 1938) 165-189.

"Letter for Melville 1951" Published in late August 1951. Printed under the
direction of Larry Hatt at Black Mountain College in an edition of 50.

"The Mystery of What Happens, When it Happens" Storrs Archive.

"David Young, David Old" Western Review, XIV (Fall 1949) 63-66.

"The Materials and Weights of Herman Melville" New Republic, CXXVIII (8
September 1952) 20-21.

"The Materials and Weights of Herman Melville II" New Republic, CXXVIII (15
September 1952) 17-18, 21.

"Equal, That Is, the Real Itself" Chicago Review, XII, 2 (Summer 1958)

In Adullam's Lair Provincetown, Mass. : To the Lighthouse Press, 1975


Bertholf, Robert J. "Charles Olson and the Melville Society" Extracts: an
Occasional Newsletter 10 (1972): 3-4.

Bertholf, Robert J. "Melville and Olson: The Poetics of Form" Extracts 17
(1974) 5-6.

Bertholf, Robert J. "On Olson, His Melville" Io 22 (1976) 5-36.

Charters, Ann. Olson/Melville A Study in Affinity. California: Oyez, 1968.

Churchill, Tom. "From Melville to Olson to Metcalf: The Double Play" The
Review of Contemporary Fiction 1 (2) Summer (1981) 273-285.

Friedman, Andrea. "Driven By That Destiny Home: Herman Melville, Charles
Olson, Robert Creeley, and the Problem of Knowledge in a World of Flux"
Diss. State University of New York at Buffalo 1976.

Golding, Alan. "Pursuing Olson Pursuing Melville: The Beginnings of Call Me
Ishmael" Melville Society Extracts 86 September (1991) 1-6.

Howe, Susan "Where Should The Commander Be" Writing Magazine 19 November
(1987) 3-20.

Maud, Ralph (editor). "A Melville Issue" The Minutes of the Charles Olson
Society 5 (September, 1994): 1-32.

Pops, Martin L. Home Remedies Amherst, Massachusetts: University of
Massachusetts Press, 1984. Note: "Charles Olson: Obeying the Figures of
the Present Dance" p. 37-54 Note: This article was originally published in
Modern Poetry Studies, Buffalo, NY (1971).

Pops, Martin L. "Melville: To Him, Olson" Boundary 2: A Journal of
Postmodern Literature 2 (1973-4) 55-84.

Sealts, Merton M. "Olson, Melville, and the New Republic" Contemporary
Literature 22 (2) Spring (1981) 167-186.