Taggart, John, 1942-....

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Poet, editor, and professor of English at Shippensburg State College; b. John Paul Taggart.

From the description of John Taggart papers, 1974-1975. (University of Connecticut). WorldCat record id: 28420710

American poet born in 1942 in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Received M.A. in English literature from the Univ. of Chicago in 1966 and Ph. D. in Humanities from Syracuse Univ. in 1974. Professor of literature and writing at Shippensburg State Univ. since 1972.

Published his first poetry in 1965. Also known as a commentator on contemporary American art and poetry. Was publisher and editor of the journal Maps during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

From the description of Papers, 1962-2000. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 18929182

Biography

John Taggart was born in 1942 in Guthrie Center, Iowa. He graduated with honors in 1965 from Earlham College in Indiana, earning a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy. In 1966 he received a M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Chicago, and in 1974 he completed a Ph.D. in the Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Syracuse University. His dissertation, titled "Intending a Solid Object: A Study in Objectivist Poetics," was one of the first extended discussions of the compositional strategies informing the work of poets Louis Zukofsky and George Oppen. Though the work has never been published as a monograph, revised sections of it have appeared in LOUIS ZUKOFSKY: MAN AND POET, edited by Carroll F. Terrell (National Poetry Foundation, 1979) and CREDENCES: JOURNAL OF TWENTIETH CENTURY POETRY AND POETICS (nos. 2-3 Fall/Winter, 1982).

Taggart's poetry first appeared in print in 1965, when three poems--"Upon the Sweeping Flood," "An Egyptian Cat," and an "Evening with Anna Akhmatova"--were published in CRUCIBLE. Since then Taggart's work has appeared in many little magazines and literary journals including THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, THE PAINTED BRIDE QUARTERLY, IRONWOOD, BOUNDRY 2, SULFUR, and TEMBLOR. His work was featured in the 1969 summer issue of Cid Corman's ORIGIN, and the 1979 spring issue of PAPER AIR was given over entirely to Taggart's work. Besides Taggart's long poem "Peace on Earth," a "healing prayer" on the Vietnam War, the issue included commentary on Taggart's work by Toby Olson, Bruce Andrews, Jackson Mac Low, Paul Metcalf, and several others. Taggart's poetry has also been printed in several anthologies including THE GIST OF ORIGIN (Grossman, 1975), PUSHCART PRIZE ANTHOLOGY (Avon, 1980), NEW DIRECTIONS: AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF PROSE AND POETRY (issues 24 and 41), and POETES AMERICANS D'AUJOURD'HUI (Delta, 1986).

In addition to numerous appearances in literary magazines and journals, Taggart has also published several collections of verse. TO CONSTRUCT A CLOCK and PRISM AND THE PINE TWIG (Elizabeth Press 1971 and 1977), Taggart's first and third books, are collections of short objectivist exercises in the manner of Zukofsky and Oppen. THE PYRAMID IS A PURE CRYSTAL (Elizabeth Press, 1974) and DODEKA, with an introduction by Robert Duncan (Membrane, 1979) reveal Taggart's development of a unique style which has attracted considerable favorable attention for its prosodic innovation and formal complexity. In each book, short, pithy objectivist-like images are inscribed inside of boxes and then "plaited" together at the end of each section. THE PYRAMID IS A PURE CRYSTAL is a meditation on a citation from the writings of Georges Vantongerloo, while DODEKA is a retelling of the Hippasus legend, an important character in Pythagorean lore and also the subject of Charles Olson's "The Praises." The formal foundation of both poems, however, is the medieval musical principle of "cantus firmus." In PEACE ON EARTH (Turtle Island, 1981) and DEHISCENCE (Membrane, 1983) Taggart decided to break with the "gem-like" solidity of DODEKA, opting for a much longer line composed of small, repeating syntactical units. While these poems still display Taggart's fascination with Zukofsky' proposal that music is the upper limit of speech, they also indicate his adaptation of etymological strategies discovered in the poetry of Erza Pound and Charles Olson.

Besides the attention given to his poetry, Taggart has earned a reputation as a judicious, though infrequent, commentator on contemporary American poetry.

In addition to seminal articles on Zukofsky, Oppen and objectivist poetics, Taggart has also reviewed the work of Wallace Stevens, William Bronk, Robert Duncan, Bruce Andrews, Theodore Enslin, and several other contemporary American poets. He was also the editor and publisher of MAPS, an acclaimed literary magazine appearing during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and, in 1978, edited an issue of TRUCK (1978) devoted to the work of Enslin.

Taggart has been a professor of literature and creative writing at Shippensburg State University since 1969. His work as writer and teacher has been awarded a Ford Foundation (1965), a Distinguished Academic Service Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and two National Endowments for the Arts Writing Fellowships (1976 and 1986).

From the guide to the John Taggart Papers, 1962-2002, (University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.)

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referencedIn Howe, Susan, 1937-. Susan Howe papers, 1894-2008 (bulk 1956-2008). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Conjunctions. Records I, 1981-1984. State Library of Ohio
creatorOf Hejinian, Lyn. Lyn Hejinian papers, 1973-1994. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
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referencedIn Heller, Michael, 1937-. Michael Heller papers, circa 1960-2010. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Enslin, Theodore. Theodore Enslin Papers. New York University, Fales Collection
referencedIn George Oppen Papers, 1958-1984 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
creatorOf Oppen, George. George Oppen papers [microform], 1958-1984. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Oppen, George. George Oppen papers, 1958-1984. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
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creatorOf Oppen, Mary, 1908-1990. Papers, 1913-1990. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Taggart, John, 1942-. Correspondence with Singing Horse Press, 1977-1984. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Cid Corman Letters, 1950-1971 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Silliman, Ronald, 1946-. Ron Silliman papers, 1965-1988. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Howe, Susan. Papers, 1942-2000. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Ron Silliman Papers, 1965-1988 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
creatorOf Roland, Patricia D. Patricia D. Roland papers, 1995-2007. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Taggart, John, 1942-. Papers, 1962-2000. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Theodore Enslin Papers, ca. 1955-1975 Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Taggart, John, 1942-. John Taggart papers, 1974-1975. University of Connecticut, Homer Babbidge Library
referencedIn Sun & Moon Press Archive, 1976-2002 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
creatorOf John Taggart Papers, 1962-2002 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
creatorOf Conjunctions. Records II, 1985-1987. State Library of Ohio
creatorOf John Taggart Papers, 1965-1974 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Mary Oppen Papers, 1913-1990 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
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referencedIn Eigner, Larry, 1927-1996. Larry Eigner papers, 1937-1995. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Taggart, John, 1942-. Office files, of The American Poetry Review, 1982. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Connor, P. E. (Patrick Edward), 1820-1891. Legal agreement, 1873 November 3. American Primers
referencedIn Susan Howe papers, 1894-2008, 1956-2008 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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American poetry--Periodicals
Literature--American Fiction
Radicalism
Poetry--Editing
Periodical editors--United States
Poets, American
American periodicals
American poetry--20th century
Literature--American Poetry
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Poets
Poets, American
Periodical editors--Indiana
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Americans

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