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All There Needs to Be Said

August Kleinzahler: Louis Zukofsky

22 May 2008
The Poem of a Life: A Biography of Louis Zukofsky 
by Mark Scroggins.
Shoemaker and Hoard, 555 pp., $30, December 2007, 978 1 59376 158 5
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... of the first canzone using the same distribution of ‘n’s and ‘r’s and the same Cavalcanti rhyme scheme, gives a Spinozan definition of love, using language from his Ethics. ‘A-14’, as MarkScroggins puts it, ‘begins with yet another meditation on the space programme, then shifts through a dizzying array of Zukofskyan source texts … translitered passages from the Psalms’ Hebrew ...

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