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Reckless, Beautiful Things

Contemporary American Poetry & The Artist's Book


                           Cover of  Odes  (1960)

                          Cover of Odes (1960)

CHAPTER ONE


'To refuse to be added up or divided':
Frank O'Hara & Michael Goldberg's Odes

Chapter one considers O'Hara's 1960 artist's book with Second Generation Abstract Expressionist Michael Goldberg. Never studied in its original form, this chapter both traces Odes' production (drawing on archival letters and ephemera from the printer, Tiber Press) and examines the relationship between its poetry and prints - one that centers on a negotiation of creative allegiance and individuality. 


CHAPTER TWO

Robert Creeley & Robert Indiana:
Corresponding with Numbers

Chapter two engages Creeley's 1968 artist's book with Pop Artist Robert Indiana. After discussing Numbers' production - through a never-published interview with mastermind artist William Katz and a phone conversation between Katz and Creeley - it considers the serial form of its prints and poems. Formally and thematically the book contemplates the "individual vs. collective" paradigm that pervaded art, society, and politics in the late '60s. 

                         Robert Indiana,  Two                          from  Numbers  (1968)

                        Robert Indiana, Two
                        from Numbers (1968)