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Author: Ted Pearson

Ted Pearson was born in Palo Alto, California. He began studying liturgical music in 1960, instrumental music in 1962 (with Harvey Samuels and Lee Konitz), and began writing poetry in 1964 after Paul Desmond gave him a copy of Robert Creeley's For Love. He subsequently attended VanderCook College of Music, Foothill College, and San Francisco State University. Pearson is the author of twenty-five books of poetry spanning over fifty years of practice. He is also a co-author of The Grand Piano, a ten-volume "experiment in collective autobiography" and co-editor of Bobweaving Detroit: The Selected Poems of Murray Jackson. In 1988, Pearson left the Bay Area, and has since lived in Ithaca, Buffalo, Detroit, and the Inland Empire. He returned to the Bay Area in 2018 and now lives in Oakland, California.

Acoustic Masks
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Acoustic Masks

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Poetry.

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After Hours
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After Hours

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. "In Pearson's AFTER HOURS' four-set suite, you will find ontological parlays with the negative, sublunary encounters with what it is to be alone with words' 'implausible music' in the hours of blur between night and day, Adorno-like reflecti...

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An Intermittent Music
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An Intermittent Music

Chax Press

Poetry. California Interest. Music. "Over the course of thirty-five years, Ted Pearson has been incrementally publishing a masterpiece, present here before us at last within the covers of this book as AN INTERMITTENT MUSIC. He describes it as 'a ser...

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CATENARY ODES

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CATENARY ODES

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The Coffin Nail Blues
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The Coffin Nail Blues

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Poetry. Music. THE COFFIN NAIL BLUES is Ted Pearson's latest work, comprising sixty-four poems in eight movements. In these poems, the spirit of the blues suffuses a formally concise blend of epigram and epitaph, verse and prose, to produce "a time-...

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Exit Music
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Exit Music

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Poetry. "EXIT MUSIC is a song of limits sung anyway. The statements, predictions, suspicions, and conclusions point to 'a brutal economy [that] rules the playground.' The cadence is solemn and then not. There is aphorism and narrative. There are lau...

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Extant Glyphs: 1964-1980
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Extant Glyphs: 1964-1980

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. "Billy Strayhorn famously wrote the jazz standard 'Lush Life,' an anthem of world-weary sophistication, when he was 16. Ted Pearson's EXTANT GLYPHS, begun in 1964, announces a similarly prodigious talent, one wise beyond his years. Romantic?...

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Last Date
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Last Date

Singing Horse Press

Poetry. "Ted Pearson writes in sentences that pay readers back handsomely for their attention. 'Psychoanalysis still makes sense where people take siestas.' This is a wry comment on the trajectory of Freudianism (maybe nodding toward Lacanianism in ...

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The Markov Chain
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The Markov Chain

Shearsman Books

Poetry. "When Basil Bunting declared that 'Pens are too light. / Take a chisel to write,' I imagine he had in mind the kind of exact and exacting poetry Ted Pearson has been steadily producing for decades. In THE MARKOV CHAIN, Pearson presents a ser...

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Songs Aside 1992-2002
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Songs Aside 1992-2002

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Poetry. "These poems interrogate the relations between a disintegrating body-politic and a resistant subjectivity so insightfully, so unblinkingly, and so viscerally that they all but dare the reader to walk away unchanged. With characteristic lyric...

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Trace Elements
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Trace Elements

Tuumba Press

Poetry. TRACE ELEMENTS is a trio of serial poems—"Double Vision," "Four in One," and "Transient Graphs"—that make up the second movement of a work called "Analog Dreams," written over the past decade. If the tone of these poems is dark, and it is, a...

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