Poetry. Edited by Anne Tardos. This is the first publication of the complete series of Jackson Mac Low's "Forties" poems. Written and revised from 1990 to 1999 with a method Mac Low called "gathering"—where he took into the poems words, phrases, and other kinds of word strings, and sometimes sentences, that he saw, heard, or thought of while writing the drafts—the poems include detailed markings of caesural spacing, timing, compound words (many neologistic), and metrical stress. Each of the poems adhere to what Mac Low termed "fuzzy verse form": eight stanzas, each comprising five lines (hence the form's name): three moderately long lines, followed by a very long line, and then a short line.
Jackson Mac Low (1922-2004) made poems, essays, and musical, performance, visual, and radio works. Author of about 30 books and published in over 90 collections, his works have been published, exhibited, and performed (often by his wife, the poet, visual artist, and composer Anne Tardos and himself) in many countries. Awards: Guggenheim, NEA, NYFA, and CAPS fellowships and the 1999 Wallace Stevens Award of the Academy of American Poets. Recent books: DOINGS: ASSORTED PERFORMANCE PIECES 1955-2002 (Granary Books, 2003), Thing of Beauty: New and Selected Works (University of California Press, 2008), and 154 FORTIES (Counterpath Press, 2012). Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA