Poetry. "The elegy, the ode--these are among the great modes of poetry, and one can readily situate the work published here in relation to them. Certainly Ted Pearson's magnificent ENCRYPTIONS is affectively elegiac and formally comparable to an ode. But if there were a mode of poetry properly called the commitment, this book would be its masterwork. As the fourth and final volume of a project (The Tune's Image) that's been some 30 years in the making, it is a demonstration of sustained, impassioned care. ENCRYPTIONS unfolds in three movements, three series, following trajectories so ardently motivated by love of what should be the good (in life, as in poetry) as to lift the language into the sphere of pure music, sheer meaningfulness"--Lyn Hejinian.
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.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA