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Charles Olson

Charles Olson is one of America's greatest 20th Century poets. He is known for the essay "Projective Verse," as well as many essays and poems, particularly The Maximus Poems. He is the central figure of the Black Mountain Poetry school. He lived from 1910-1970, and is the key figure in moving American poetry from modernism to postmodernism. Recent centennial conferences and symposia have been held in Vancouver, British Columbia (Simon Fraser University) and Worcester, Massachusetts.