Poems, Fiction & Music for/with/about LZ

The following is a list of poems that are addressed to, dedicated to, refer to or quote LZ. At the bottom there is also a list of books dedicated to LZ, plus a few additional curiosities, including music composed for LZ’s poems. The guiding principle of inclusion is those poets who knew or responded to LZ during his lifetime or shortly after his death, although this has been stretched to include later poems by poets who personally knew LZ. It would be of interest to list all original journal publications, although often that information is not readily available to me. The list is certainly incomplete, so suggested additions are appreciated. 

 

David Annwn. “Opening – L.Z.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 5.

Anonymous. “In Memory Of [‘Who makes his life a notebook’].” Tamarisk 2.2 (Summer 1978): 68 [possibly by one or both of the editors, Dennis Barone & Debroah Ducoff-Barone].

Asa Benveniste. “Infield Outfield.” Throw Out the Life Line, Lay Out the Corse (1983); The New British Poetry 1968-88, eds. Gillian Allnutt, et. al. (1988): 135-136.

___. “A Measure for LZ.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 7.

Charles Bernstein. “‘Come, Shadow, Come.'” Roof IX (Spring 1979): 84; Sophist [as #26 of “A Person Is Not an Entity Symbolic but the Divine Incarnate”] (1987): 159. 

___. “Nine’s Redaction.” Credences 1.2-3 new series (Fall/Winter 1981/82): 58; Islets/Irritations (1983): 60.

___. “Recalculating.” Conjunctions 56 (2011): 119-125; Recalculating (2013): 172-179.

Henry Birnbaum. Orizons.” Poetry 94.3 (June 1959): 156-163.

Paul Blackburn. “Two Flowers” (1961). Early Selected Y Mas: Poems 1949-1966 (1977); Collected Poems (1985): 187-188.

___. “Affinities III” (1962). Collected Poems (1985): 206.

___. “A Dull Poem (for L.Z.)” (1963). In . On . Or About the Premises (1968); Collected Poems (1985): 229-231.

___. “Motivations I” (1965). In . On . Or About the Premises (1968); Collected Poems (1985): 342-343.

Robin Blaser. “Bottom’s Dream.” Tish 42 (March 1968): 3-7; Charms (1964-68); The Holy Forest (1997): 102, (2007):130.

___. “The Finder.” Charms (1964-68); The Holy Forest (1997): 103-104, (2007): 131-132.

___. “Out of the Window.” Charms (1964-68); The Holy Forest (1993): 105, (2007): 133.

___. “Image-Nation 18 (an apple.” Pell Mell (1988); The Holy Forest (1993): 213-215, (2007): 249.

___. “Robert Duncan” (1988). The Holy Forest (1993): 314-318, (2007): 335-339.

___. “nomad.” The Holy Forest (2007): 429.

George Bowering. “LOU.” Credences 2.2/3 (Fall/Winter 1982/83): 20.

Chris Broadribb. “Swallows— / i.m. Louis Zukofsky.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 10.

David Bromige. My Poetry (1980).

Richard Caddel. “Enchanter’s Nightshade / homage to Louis Zukofsky.” [broadside] Northgate Press (1983); Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 11; The New British Poetry 1968-88, eds. Gillian Allnutt, et. al. (1988): 279; Uncertain Times (1990): 72; Magpie Words: Selected Poems 1970-2000 (2002).

John Cage. “James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet” XXVII. X: Writings ’79-’82 (1983): 91-92.

Michale Carlson. “Birds Do, Sea, Ruin, Burial / for LZ, for Susan, for Rania.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 12.

Robert Christian. “It Is a Heart.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 13.

Victor Coleman. “Poem Beginning An,” “Poem Beginning Ann.” Captions for the Deaf (1979); Lapsed W.A.S.P.: Poems 1978-1989 (1994): 12-14.

___. “A Marriage Poem.” The British Columbia Monthly 32 (Sept. 1983): [10]; From the Dark Woods: Poems 1977-1983 (1985); Lapsed W.A.S.P.: Poems 1978-1989 (1994): 63-64.

___. “Louis Louis.”  From the Dark Woods: Poems 1977-1983 (1985); Lapsed W.A.S.P.: Poems 1978-1989 (1994): 48-49.

Clark Coolidge. “A”. Space (Harper & Row, 1970): 82.

__. “The Road Log (Out West to Back East again)” [5 May Tuesday]. Big Sky 3 (Clark Coolidge issue) (1972). 

William Corbett. “Songs 2, 6, 13.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 15.

Cid Corman. “Let the darkness and lightness break down” (dated 20 Jan. 1960) [this is Corman’s poem written in response to “Julia’s Wild,” which LZ then promptly incorporated into Bottom (394)]. 

___. “On Opening BOTTOM.” Origin 12, second series (Jan. 1964): 59.

___. “‘The harbor burns,’ you / write.” Origin 2, 3rd series (July1966): 55; & Without End (New Rochelle, NY: Elizabeth Press, 1967). 

___. “So ‘many things’ or.” Origin 2, 3rd series (July 1966): 54; & Without End (Elizabeth Press, 1967); Grossteste Review (Winter 1970); At Their Word: Essays on the Arts of Language Vol. II (1978): 30.

___. “Your brother now.” & Without End (Elizabeth Press, 1967).

___. “Louis, you and I.” Origin 12, third series (Jan. 1969): 64.

___. “You quote my own words to me.” Antics (1977); The Next One Thousand Years: Selected Poems (2008): 90.

___. “Past Attractions,” “Sum Coda,” “Firenze Fiorenze.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whatever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 16.

___. “Louis.” American Poetry Review 29.4 (July/Aug. 2000): 20.

___. “zzz.” nothing / doing (1999): 83.

Robert Creeley. “The House.” Trobar 2 (1961); For Love (1962): 139; The Collected Poems 1945-1975 (1982): 237.

___. “As real as thinking.” Pieces (1968): 3; The Collected Poems 1945-1975 (1982): 379.

___. A Day Book (1972): [50, 53]; Collected Prose (2001): 310, 313.

___. “A” and “Master of ALL.” Thirty Things (1974): 41, 69; The Collected Poems 1945-1975 (1982): 552, 565.

___. “The.” American Poetry Review 5.6 (Nov.-Dec. 1976) [“After Zukofsky”]; Hello: A Journal, Feb. 29-May 3, 1976 (1978): 60; The Collected Poems 1975-2005 (2006): 64. 

___. “Touchstone.” Later (1978): 107; The Collected Poems 1975-2005 (2006): 173.

___. “Klaus Reichert and Creeley Send Regards / In memory L.Z.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Else Someone Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 17; Windows (1990): 128; The Collected Poems 1975-2005 (2006): 373.

___. “Goodbye,” “Signs,” “Life & Death [‘In the Diamond…’].” Life & Death (1998): 35, 60, 71; The Collected Poems 1975-2005 (2006): 494, 512, 522 [in all three poems Creeley gives a quotation he ascribes (twice) to LZ, although as he knew the original source was Erik Satie (see Creeley’s introduction to “A” 1-12 (1967; in Collected Essays (1989): 67))].

Edward Dahlberg. “For Louis Zukofsky.” Poetry 78.5 (Aug. 1951): 278-279.

Guy Davenport. “1880 (From the Hebrew of Harold Schimmel).” Conjunctions 4 (1983): 38-50; Thasos and Ohio (1985): 103-116.

Michael Davidson. “Cultural Morphology for L. Z.” The Prose of Fact (1981): 54.

David Dawson. “omage / for Louis and Celia Zukofsky.” The British Columbia Monthly 3.3 (Dec. 1976): [8-9].

Robert Duncan. “The Effort” (1949). The Collected Early Poems and Plays (2012): 281-297.

___. “For A Muse Meant.” Black Mountain Review 1.3 (1954); Letters: Poems 1953-1956 (1958); The Collected Early Poems and Plays (2012): 639-643.

___. “After Reading BARELY AND WIDELY.” The Opening of the Field (1960): 88-92; The Collected Later Poems and Plays (2014): 80-84.

___. “Jamais [Passages].” New Poetry 24.1 (1976); New Directions 34 (1977); Ground Work: Before the War (1984): 147-148; The Collected Later Poems and Plays (2014): 592-594.

___. “In Wonder [Passages].” Ground Work II: In the Dark (1987): 45-47; The Collected Later Poems and Plays (2014): 685-688,

___. “Two Sets of Tens: Derived from Confucian Analects.” Ground Work II: In the Dark (1987): 55-56; The Collected Later Poems and Plays (2014): 695-696.

___. “With In [Passages].” Ground Work II: In the Dark (1987): 71; The Collected Later Poems and Plays (2014): 712-713.

Frederick Eckman. “For Z” [dated August 1978]. Sagetrieb 16.1/2 (Spring/Fall 1997).

Larry Eigner. “the mass of leaves is elusive” [dated Dec. 1968]. Friendly Local Press 1.5 (1969): 17; Calligraphy Typewriters: Selected Poems (2017): 148.

___. “no air stirs” [dated 9-12 June 1978]. Calligraphy Typewriters: Selected Poems (2017): 257.

Theodore Enslin. “A Paper for LZ.” Papers (1976).

___. “Synthesis 13.” MAPS 5 (1973): 104-130; Synthesis 1-24 (1975).

___. “Ranger LXI.” Wch Way 2 (Fall 1975): 68-70; Ranger (Vol. 1) (1980): 276, 325.

Clayton Eshleman. “Moistensplendour.” Caterpillar 3/4 (April-July 1968); The Price of Experience (2012).

___. “Letter to Cesar Calvo Concerning the Inauguration of a Monument to Cesar Vallejo,” “Walk IX,” & “The Black Hat.” Indiana (Black Sparrow Press, 1969). 54-63, 66-75, 125-130.

___. “Hermes Butts In.” River Styx 6 (1980): 39-40; Nights We Put the Rock Together (1980); Hades in Manganese (1981): 49-50.

___. “El Mozote.” Bullhead Broadside series #1 (Ashland, KY: 1995); From Scratch (Black Sparrow Press, 1998): 104-105.

___. “Animals Out of the Snow.” Shankey Possum 6 (Spring 2001); My Devotion (Black Sparrow Press, 2004): 42-43. 

Ross Feld. “A Glottal Chicken.” The World 2 (March 1967): [18].

Ian Hamilton Finlay. “Such Is the World.” Origin 6, 2nd series (July 1962): 9; Selections (2012): 128-129.

___. “—It wis sic a close day.” Origin 6, 2nd series (July 1962): 9 [short passage from “A”-12 rendered into Glasgow-Scots].

___. Boats of Letters. Private Tutor 12, Tarasque Press (May 1970) [broadside].

___. “Homage to Z L / THE.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 20.

Allen Fisher. “Flashing Past yer / After Louis Zukofsky.” Montemora 2 (Sum 1976): 105; Place (2005): 161.

___. “Pass word the salt / After Louis Zukofsky.” Place (2005): 160.

Harry Gilonis, ed. Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was / A collection of responses to the work of Louis Zukofsky. North and South, 1988 [poetic tributes and responses to LZ by various poets, predominately British: David Annwn, Tony Baker, Asa Benveniste, Charles Bernstein, Guy Birchard, Chris Broadribb, Richard Caddel, Michael Carlson, Robert Christian, Thomas A. Clark, William Corbett, Cid Corman, Robert Creeley, Simon Cutts, Peter Dent, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Allen Fisher, Harry Gilonis, Alan Halsey, Robert Hampson, Horace, Karen Lessing, Thomas Meyer, Billy Mills, Stephen Oldfield, Peter Quartermain, Tom Raworth, John Seed, Colin Simms, Paul Smith, Jonathan Williams, Richard Barrett (musical score)]. Available online at the Internet Archive.

___. “Daruma.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was (1988): 22; Rough Breathing: Selected Poems (2018).

___. “for Louis Zukofsky, a hundred years on.” [poetry postcard] Coracle Ballybeg Grange, Clomel, Tipperary (2004); Rough Breathing: Selected Poems (2018).

Robert Grenier. “Series / CAMBRIDGE M’ASS.” Roof 6 [vol. 2, no. 2] (Spring 1978): 45-56; CAMBRIDGE M’ASS (1979, rpt. 2014).

___. “‘Think Sun and See Shadow.'” L=A-N=G=U=A=G=E 1.4 (Aug. 1978): 2; The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, eds. Bruce Andrews & Charles Bernstein (1984): 294.

Alan Halsey. “Zukofsky’s.” Ninth Decade (1983?); Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 23.

___. “L.Z. an Epitaph.” North Dakota Quarterly 51.4 (Fall 1983): 22; Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 23.

Paul Hannigan. “LZ [He carved].” Some 2 (Fall 1972): 18.

Kenneth Irby. “[requiem etudes . for Louis Zukofsky]” (1978). The Paris Review 86 (Winter 1982): 124-125; Call Steps (1992): 97.

Ronald Johnson. “Lilacs, Portals, Evocations.” A Line of Poetry, A Row of Trees (1964); Valley of Many-Colored Grasses (1969): 71-73.

___. “W A N E” and “f a l l a l l a l l a.” Songs of the Earth (1970); To Do as Adam Did: Selected Poems of Ronald Johnson, ed. Peter O’Leary (2000): 74, 76.

___. “Ark 34, Spire on the death of L. Z.” [“Wor(l)ds 45, A Spire for the Death of L.Z.”]. Paideuma 7.3 (1977); New Directions 39 (1979); Ark 50 (1984): 1-3; Ark (1996).

___. “Ark 58, Balloon on Being 50.” Ark (1996).

Robert Kelly. “for L. Z. [a pigeon flying to the roof]” Origin 5, second series (April 1962): 8.

___. “Summertime.” The Mill of Particulars (1977): 107.

___. “Arnolfini’s Wedding.” The Mill of Particulars (1977): 119-126.

___. “A Book of Solutions.” Paideuma 7.3 (Winter 1978); Kill the Messenger (1979): 205.

___. “Ode on the Two Hundredth Birthday of this Commonwealth.” Kill the Messenger (1979): 70-73.

___. “Measure.” A Strange Market (1992): 32-33.

Louis Kuzorsky. “O Western Wind.” Screw: A New Poetry Quarterly 1 (June 1916): 8 [a collection of parodies].

Jackson Mac Low. “5 Poems from and for Louis Zukofsky 1 May 1963.The World 6 (July 1967): [6-7].

Gerard Malanga. “Poem Beginning with a Line by Zukofsky.” Sun 3.2/3 (Summer 1971): 36.

Thomas Meyer. A Valentine for L.Z. [Aux Champs-Elysées]. Jargon Society, 1979 [broadside].

___. “(Half Awake) (LZ).” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 28.

Billy Mills. from “Letters from Barcelona / (thinking of L.Z.).” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 29-30.

Prentiss Moore. “Louis Zukofsky / d. May 1978.” The Garden in Winter and Other Poems (1981).

Edwin Morgan. “Nine One Word Poems: Homage to Zukofsky.” Poor.Old.Tired.Horse 27 (1967); Dreams and Other Nightmares: New and Uncollected Poems 1954-2001 (2010).

___. “An Unpublished Poem by Zukofsky.” The Second Aeon (?1971-1973); Newspoems (1987); Themes on a Variation (1988).

Lorine Niedecker. (L.Z.)” (1945). Collected Works (2002): 125.

___. “If I were a bird” (1951?). Collected Works (2002): 130-131.

___. “Letter from Paul” (1951). Collected Works (2002): 132.

___. “Understand me, dead is nothing” (1950). New Directions 12 (1950); Collected Works (2002): 138-139.

___. “Your father to me in your eighth summer” (1951). Quarterly Review of Literature 8.2 (1955); Collected Works (2002): 146.

___. “Dear Paul:” (1951). Quarterly Review of Literature 8.2 (1955); T&G (1969); My Life by Water (1970); Collected Works (2002): 153-154.

___. “They live a cool distance” (1955). Quarterly Review of Literature 8.2 (1955); Collected Works (2002): 160-161.

___. “Violin Debut.” Collected Works (2002): 161.

___. “LZ’s” (1964). Collected Works (2002): 206-207.

___. “LZ” (1969). Origin 12, 3rd series (1969); Collected Works (2002): 289-290.

David Oliphant. “Living Room: A Suite for Louis Zukofsky.” Footprints: Poems 1961-1978 (Thorp Springs Press, 1978): 31-37. 

George Oppen. “Visit” 2 (c.1960). New Collected Poems (2002): 330-331

___. “The Lighthouses.” Myth of the Blaze (1975); New Collected Poems (2002): 256-257.

Joel Oppenheimer. “For Louis Zukofsky 1904-1978.” New Spaces (1978); Collected Later Poems (1997): 230.

___. “The Way We Were.” New Spaces (1978); Collected Later Poems (1997): 231-233.

Michael Palmer. “A z / a coronal vol 103 Oct-Nov. 1963.” Joglar 2 (Winter 1964): 44.

___. “For L.Z. [‘He carved’].” Sumac 1.3 (Spring 1969): 43; Blake’s Newton (1972); The Lion Bridge (2009): 7.

___. “A Note on Poetics, 1974.” Baseball I Gave You All the Best Years of My Life [Io 24], eds. Kevin Kerrane & Richard Grossinger. 2nd & 3rd eds. (1978, 1980): 368; Io Anthology (2015). 

___. “from Notes for Echo Lake [#1].” L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E 5 (Oct. 1978): [17=19]; Notes for Echo Lake (1981): 3-6.

___. “Notes for Echo Lake 3.” Notes for Echo Lake (1981): 15-17.

___. “Sun.” Sun (1988): 59-79.

___. “The Leonardo Improvisations I.” At Passages (1995): 45.

Charles Potts. “United We Stand.” Search for Tomorrow 4 & 5 (1972): 40.

Ezra Pound. “Old Zuk.” European (Jan. 1959); Poems and Translations (2003): 1200.

Peter Quartermain. “Haemorrhoids,” “Time.” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 32.

Ernest Raia. “Poem to Louis Zukofsky.” Counterweight 7 (1973): 4 [Student Council of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn].

Carl Rakosi. “The Gnat (A greeting to Louis Zukofsky).” The Windsor Quarterly 1.2 (Summer 1933): 138-139; Amulet (1967): 7.

Kenneth Rexroth. “The Sufficient.” New Directions 4 (1939); Collected Shorter Poems 54-55; Complete Poems (2003): 90-91.

Jerome Rothenberg. “The Diary of a Seducer.” The Gorky Poems (1966), Poems for the Game of Silence (1971): 98-99.

___. “Two More About a Crow, in the Manner of Zukofsky.” Poems for the Game of Silence (1971): 137; Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the Indian North Americas (1972): 25.

___. “Autobiography 1997.” A Paradise of Poets (1999): 43-47.

Frank Samperi. “for I’s.” Origin 12, second series (Jan. 1964): 19.

___. “After Reading Zukofsky’s ‘A’ 1-12.” Origin 12, second series (Jan. 1964): 24-28.

Aram Saroyan. “Placitas, for L.Z.” Lines 2 (Dec. 1964).

___. “Louis.” Works: 24 Poems (Lines Books, 1966).

John Seed. “outside the dream no [in memoriam Louis Zukofsky].” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1900): 34; Interior in the Open Air (1993); New and Collected Poems (2005): 68.

Harvey Shapiro. “Borough Hall.” The Light Holds: Poems (1984): 34.

___. “Celebrations.” A Day’s Portion: Poems (1994); Selected Poems (1997): 83; The Sights Along the Harbor: New and Collected Poems (2009): 179-180.

___. “Brooklyn Heights.” A Day’s Portion: Poems (1994); Selected Poems (1997): 68. 

Ron Silliman. “The Chinese Notebook.” The Age of Huts (1986): 54, 58; The Age of Huts (compleat) (2007): 162, 167.

___. Ketjak (1978); The Age of Huts (compleat) (2007): 22, 43, 82 [alludes to PZ].

___. Tjanting (1981): 147.

Colin Simms. “‘Zuk’:” Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 35.

Paul Smith. “To Z.” The Many Press, 1978. 

Gilbert Sorrentino. Zukofsky.” The Orangery (1978): 17; Selected Poems 1958-1980 (1981): 207.

Jack Spicer. “Conspiracy.” A Book of Music (1959); My Vocabulary Did This to Me (2008): 177-178.

George Stanley. “The Gifts of Death / after Virgil.” Open Space 6 (1964); You: Poems 1957-67 (1974); A Tall, Serious Girl: Selected Poems 1957-2000 (2003): 71-76.

Charles Stein. “The Number.” Wch Way 4 (Summer 1982): 89-94.

John Taggart. “Liveforever: Of Actual Things in Expansion.” To Construct a Clock (Elizabeth Press, 1971); New Directions 24 (1972): 184-188.

___. “On: L.Z.” Pentagram Press, 1980.

___. “In Itself.” Loop (1991): 205.

___. “Grey Scale/Zukofsky.” There Are Birds (2008); Is Music: Selected Poems (2010): 297-307.

Charles Tomlinson. “To Louis Zukofsky.” Kulchur 4 (1964): 13-15, Agenda 3.6 (Dec. 1964), New Directions 39 (1979): 175-177.

Gael Turnbull. “For L.Z. / on the occasion etc.” Origin 12, third series (Jan.1969): 3-4; Paideuma 7.3 (Winter 1978).

Fred Wah. “Two Licks at ‘a’-9.” Credences 2.2/3 new series (Fall/Winter 1983): 144

Jonathan Williams. “An Objectivist’s Anthology.” From 50! Epiphyties,-taphs,-tomes,-grams,-thets! 50! (1967), in An Ear in Bartram’s Tree (1969).

___. “Symphony No. 7, in B Minor.” Mahler (1969); Jubilant Thicket: New and Selected Poems (2005): 80.

___. “‘Endless Melody’ Starring:” The Loco Logodaedalist in Situ: Selected Poems 1968-70 (1971): n.p.

___. “A Subtle Mississippian Riposte / (for L.Z.). Louis Zukofsky, or Whoever Someone Else Thought He Was, ed. Harry Gilonis (1988): 37.

William Carlos Williams. “To My Friend Ezra Pound.” Neon (1956); Collected Poems of WCW Vol. II (1988): 434.

 

Books dedicated to LZ

Cid Corman. So (Origin Press, 1978).

Robert Creeley. Pieces (Scribner’s, 1969).

___. So There: Poems 1976-83 (New Directions, 1998).

Guy Davenport. Da Vinci’s Bicycle: Ten Stories (Johns Hopkins UP, 1979).

Robert Kelly. Axon Dendron Tree (Asphodel Bookshop/Salitter, 1967).

Ezra Pound. Guide to Kulchur [with Basil Bunting] (1938)

Charles Reznikoff. Testimony [prose version] (The Objectivist Press, 1934)

John Taggart. The Pyramid Is a Pure Crystal (Elizabeth Press,1974). A section of this poem, also dedicated to LZ, was published as Pyramid Canon (Burning Deck, 1973).

Jonathan Williams. The Empire Finals at Verona (Jargon, 1959).

William Carlos Williams. The Wedge (Cummington Press, 1944).

 

Some additional curiosities:

Stan Brakhage. 23rd Psalm Branch (1966-1967), silent 69 mins. [both LZ and CZ appear briefly in the first part of this anti-war film, as well as repeated glimpses of the second line of “A”-11 and of a bedspread made by CZ]. For commentary that discusses the appearance of the Zukofskys and “A”-11 in some detail, see R. Bruce Elder, “Intertext in Stan Brakhage’s 23rd Psalm Branch.”

Fielding Dawson. “Straight Lines.” The Dream/Thunder Road: Stories & Dreams 1955-1965 (1972): 111-114; Krazy Kat & 76 More: Collected Stories 1950-1976 (1982): 209-211 [a story in which LZ figures prominently].

___. “A Subjective Relationship.” El Corno Emplumado 17 (Jan. 1966): 114.

Valeria Luiselli. Faces in the Crowd (2012, English trans. 2014). [LZ appears as the character Joshua Zvorksy].

Henry Miller. “Jabberwhorl Cronstadt” in New Direction 1936; collected in Black Spring (1936) and The Cosmological Eye (1939). [In a 10 Dec. 1942 letter to Carl Rakosi (HRC 20.12), LZ mentions having once met Miller, who expressed admiration for “Song 22” (“To my wash-stand”) and parodied it in the concluding pages of his story, which is a fictionalized portrait of his friend Walter Lowenfels (1897-1980), who LZ also knew].

Stephen Seley. Baxter Bernstein: A Hero of Sorts (Scribners, 1949). [LZ apparently worked with Seley (1915-1982) at some point and they stayed in touch. The novel mentions LZ by name and according to Barry Ahearn a number of lines from “Poem beginning ‘The’” float through the protagonist’s mind, along with a good deal of other literature (see WCW/LZ 395-396)].

Music

The earliest and most significant music written to LZ’s poetry was the various settings by CZ, composed between 1940-1952. These settings with relevant poems were often sent out as home-made Christmas cards. Most, if not all of these settings were gathered together as LZ’s Autobiography (1970), handsomely printed by Grossman.

Henry Brant. “An Era Any Time of Year: A Walking Ceremony” (1987).

Elliott Carter. “Poems of Louis Zukofsky: for soprano & clarinet in B-flat” (2008). Uses nine poems: “Tall and singularly dark” [Poem 18], “Alba (1952),” “Finally a Valentine,” “O sleep, teh sky goes down behind the poplars” [Poem 21], “The rains, the rains” [Anew 28], “Rune” [from “Jaunt”], “Strange” [Anew 36], “Daisy,” “You who were made for this music.” For commentary, see Ray Ragosta, “Textures and Contasts: Elliott Carter’s Poems of Louis Zukofsky.” Chicago Review 58.3/4 (Summer 2014): 187-198.

Udo Kasemets. “80 Flowers M(e)[u]sostics: for a reader and pianist.” (1995/2008).

___. “80 Flowers” (solo piano accompanied by multimedia instillation (slides)). (1996). 80 separate piano pieces for the 80 poems of LZ.

___. “Gamut of Louis Zukofsky: for singer and a pianist.” (2003).

Jo Kondo. “Four Short Poems by Louis Zukofsky: for mezzo-soprano, alto flute, viola, percussions, electric guitar” (2006). Using “I Sent Thee Late,” “A Valentine,” “Anew,” “Gamut.”