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My Vocabulary Did This to Me
The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer
Jack Spicer; Peter Gizzi, ed.; Kevin Killian, ed.

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• About This Edition
• BERKELEY RENAISSANCE (1945–1950)
• Berkeley in Time of Plague
• A Girl’s Song
• Homosexuality
• A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Landscape
• An Apocalypse for Three Voices
• One Night Stand
• An Answer to Jaime de Angulo
• A Lecture in Practical Aesthetics
• Dialogue Between Intellect and Passion
• A Night in Four Parts (Second Version)
• Orpheus in Hell
• Orpheus After Eurydice
• Orpheus’ Song to Apollo
• Troy Poem
• “We find the body difficult to speak . . .”
• “They are selling the midnight papers . . .”
• “Any fool can get into an ocean . . .”
• The Scrollwork on the Casket
• The Dancing Ape
• Imaginary Elegies (I, II, III)
• Psychoanalysis: An Elegy
• MINNESOTA POEMS (1950–1952)
• Minneapolis: Indian Summer
• Watching a TV Boxing Match in October
• Portrait of an Artist
• Sonnet for the Beginning of Winter
• On Reading Last Year’s Love Poems
• Orpheus in Athens
• Train Song for Gary
• A Second Train Song for Gary
• BERKELEY / SAN FRANCISCO (1952–1955)
• A Postscript to the Berkeley Renaissance
• A Poem for Dada Day at The Place, April 1, 1955
• “The window is a sword . . .”
• Imaginary Elegies (IV)
• NEW YORK / BOSTON (1955–1956)
• IInd Phase of the Moon
• IIIrd Phase of the Moon
• IVth Phase of the Moon •Some Notes on Whitman for Allen Joyce
• The Day Five Thousand Fish Died Along the Charles River
• Hibernation—After Morris Graves
• Éternuement
• Song for the Great Mother
• “The city of Boston . . .”
• Five Words for Joe Dunn on His Twenty-Second Birthday
• Birdland, California
• “Imagine Lucifer . . .”
• The Song of the Bird in the Loins
• Babel 3
• They Murdered You: An Elegy on the Death of Kenneth Rexroth 64A Poem to the Reader of the Poem
• Song for Bird and Myself
• A Poem Without a Single Bird in It
• The Unvert Manifesto and Other Papers Found in the Rare Book Room of the Boston Public Library in the Handwriting of Oliver Charming. By S.
• SAN FRANCISCO (1956–1965)
• Poetry as Magic Workshop Questionnaire
• AFTER LORCA
• ADMONITIONS
• A BOOK OF MUSIC
• Socrates
• A Poem for Dada Day at The Place, April 1, 1958
• BILLY THE KID
• For Steve Jonas Who Is in Jail for Defrauding a Book Club
• FIFTEEN FALSE PROPOSITIONS AGAINST GOD
• LETTERS TO JAMES ALEXANDER
• APOLLO SENDS SEVEN NURSERY RHYMES TO JAMES ALEXANDER
• A BIRTHDAY POEM FOR JIM (AND JAMES) ALEXANDER
• Imaginary Elegies (V, VI)
• “Dignity is a part of a man . . .”
• HELEN: A REVISION
• THE HEADS OF THE TOWN UP TO THE AETHER
• LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS
• A RED WHEELBARROW
• Three Marxist Essays
• THE HOLY GRAIL
• GOLEM
• MAP POEMS
• LANGUAGE
• BOOK OF MAGAZINE VERSE
• Chronology
• Notes to the Poems
• Bibliography
• Index of Titles
• Index of First Lines

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