Poetry. FROM MIMIR'S HEAD comprises two reciprocal passes through the same terrain—a sequence of poems mostly exploring ontological matters in a variety of verse inventions, and a series of notes in a prose equally exploratory and inventive. In both, the quickly shifting diction is at once mercurial and immaculate, the images vivid and well-ordered, the structures musical and truly spoken, and the thought, if "philosophical," nonetheless sprung from the recognition of the limits of metaphysical discourse. Stein writes: "The philosopher should be discouraged in his metaphysical pretension, but the metaphysician encouraged in his poetic need."
Charles Stein is the author of ten books of poetry including THE HAT RACK TREE: SELECTED POEMS FROM THEFORESTFORTHETREES, 1980-1983 (Station Hill Press of Barrytown, 1994), Parts and Other Parts (1982), HORSE SACRIFICE (Station Hill Press of Barrytown, 1980), and Poems and Glyphs (1973). Robert Kelly has called Stein, "…a poet with all the means of his craft at hand…one of the smartest men of his generation, and one of its most exemplary poets." Stein also is the author of the critical study The Secret of The Black Chrysanthemum (Station Hill Press of Barrytown, 1987), a critical study of Charles Olson's poetry and prose, and the editor of Being = Space x Action: Searches for Freedom of Mind in Mathematics, Art and Mysticism (1998).Author City: BARRYTOWN, NY USA