Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Charles John Olson

Here in Gloucester a foot or so of snow covers the ground. Power has now been restored to most, if not all, of Cape Ann.

Earlier this evening I read "An Ode on Nativity" & conjured Olson's Worcester in my Gloucester kitchen. I also read Donald Wellman & Kenneth Warren's essays on Olson in Warren's House Organ & found myself imagining a host of panel discussions that have not yet happened & few that for temporal & spatial reasons could not happen. Later this evening a cast of characters -- I will not be among them -- will read Olson poems to each other at the Rhumbline, a bar across from Gloucester depot.

skål & sláinte,
James Cook