- All Along the Edge
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- Book of Kostis
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- John Cage's Poetry
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Proposal for an anthology of John Cageâ€™s Poems: Selected and introduced by RK
The organization will be chronological, reflecting RKâ€™s historical introduction no doubt incorporating bits from RKâ€™s 1970 essay on Cagean Poetry (in John Cage [1970, reprinted 1991]), from his 1979 New York Times Book Review notice reprinted in his The Old Poetries and the New (1981), and interviews he has done with Cage over the years. It will place Cageâ€™s poetry among his contemporaries and also distinguish poetry from his innovative prose (e.g., â€œ145â€™ for Speaker,â€ â€œMureau,â€ among others). The book can be any length that the publisher deems appropriate. Having received JCâ€™s verbal permission â€œto do whatever you wish,â€ RK expects cooperation from the composerâ€™s estate. As we cannot discern in advance what might be available, at what prices, any table of contents is necessarily tentative. Once a contract is in hand, unforseen examples may arise. It would be possible to make a substantial book without drawing upon material already published by Wesleyan Univ. Press. May I recommend that this proposal not be submitted to any â€œpoetry consultantâ€ who will predictably proclaim that Cageâ€™s work is â€œnot poetry.â€
â€œDiary: 1965,â€ from A Year from Monday (Wesleyan University, 1966), 18 pp. [This was previously reprinted in RKâ€™s Possibilities of Poetry (1970).]
Illustrations of Not Wanting To Say Anything about Marcel (1969), along with his explanation of compositional processes (Eye Editions, 1969), approx. 30 pp.
â€œSongâ€ (Henmar Press, 1970).
â€œ36 Mesostics re and not re Marcel Duchamp,â€ M (Wesleyan University, 1973), 8 pp.
â€œEmpty Words, Parts I & IV,â€ Empty Words (Wesleyan University, 1979), 20 + 13 pp.
â€œWriting for the Third Time through Finnegans Wake,â€ previously unpublished, approx. 80 pp.
Many of Cageâ€™s occasional mesostics, mostly written for particular occasions.
Writings through Poundâ€™s Cantos, Unmuzzled Ox
Writings through the Bible, Chris Mann, etc.
Writing through Allen Ginsbergâ€™s Howl, from Best Minds (Lospecchio, 1986), l0 pp.
Selections from Themes and Variations (Station Hill, 1981fl, approx. 25 pp.
â€œAnarchy,â€ from John Cage at Seventy-Five (Bucknell University, 1989), 60 pp.
â€œScenario for M. F. [Morton Feldman],â€ â€œStanzas for T. T. [Toro Takemitsu],â€ â€œSongs for C. W. [Christian Wolff],â€ all previously unpublished, copies of which I have.
Selections from Mirage Verbal, â€œWritings through Mercel Duchamp, Notes,â€ (1990), in French, 25 pp.
A selection from recent texts, such as â€œSonnekus,â€ â€œWhiskus,â€ and â€œMirakus,â€ some of which are reprinted in the booklet accompanying Joan La Barbaraâ€™s CD (1990), most of which are, like much of Cageâ€™s writings from the 1980s, previously uncollected, if not unpublished. It would be appropriate to include the Erik Satie text, which has been publicly available for years via computer modem, though Northwestern Univ. Press once had a contract to make a book of it. For further information, please contact RK at the address at the top of the page. Thank you.