Minding the Darkness by Peter Dale Scott
A Poem for the Year 2000

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Minding the Darkness completes one of the most exciting trilogies of our time, which began with Coming to Jakarta (1989) and Listening to the Candle (1992). Minding the Darkness is the final volume of Peter Dale Scott's landmark trilogy, following Coming to Jakarta and Listening to the Candle. It brings to a stunning, triumphant conclusion a remarkable and sui generis poem. "There is nothing quite like these books," as the American Book Review remarked: "Scott's trilogy, only two-thirds completed as yet, is certain to be one of the most remarkable and challenging works of our time." The apogee of Scott's long hypnotic epic poem about the political and the personal, and their darkly powerful relationships, Minding the Darkness gathers extraordinary energy by way of its Poundian collage and tight three-line stanzas. With riveting images and eerie, accumulated juxtapositions, Minding the Darkness fully bears out James Laughlin's opinion that "Not since Robert Duncan's Groundwork and before that, William Carlos Williams' Paterson, has New Directions published a long poem as important as Peter Dale Scott's."
 

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Peter Dale Scott is Professor of English Emeritus at the UniPeter Dale Scott is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of "Deep Polversity of California, Berkeley, and the author of "Deep Politics and the Death of JFK" (California, 1993). Scott is alsitics and the Death of JFK" (California, 1993). Scott is also a poet: in 2002, his "Seculum" trilogy won a Lannan Literao a poet: in 2002, his "Seculum" trilogy won a Lannan Literary Award. Jonathan Marshall is the Economics Editor of the "ry Award. Jonathan Marshall is the Economics Editor of the "San Francisco Chronicle" and the author of "To Have and HaveSan Francisco Chronicle" and the author of "To Have and Have Not: Southeast Asian Raw Materials and the Origins of the P Not: Southeast Asian Raw Materials and the Origins of the Pacific War" (California, 1995). acific War" (California, 1995).
 
Published October 1, 2000 by New Directions. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now in his 70s, Scott is one of America's most trenchant political researchers, having written a meticulously documented magnum opus on the Kennedy assassination (Deep Politics and the Death of JFK), as well as books on the CIA connections to Central American drug trafficking, the Iran-Contra aff...

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Probably the two most widely-known facts about Ezra Pound are, first, that he wrote a complex and difficult book-length poem titled Cantos and, second, that he was a Fascist sympathizer imprisoned by the United States at the end of World War II for his pro-Mussolini wartime radio broadcasts.

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