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The Collected Poems of Jean Toomer

Robert B. Jones and Margot Toomer Latimer

Abstract

This volume is a collected edition of poems by Jean Toomer, the enigmatic American writer, Gurdjieffian guru, and Quaker convert who is perhaps best known for his 1923 lyrical narrative Cane. The fifty-five poems here chart an evolution of artistic consciousness. The book is divided into sections reflecting four distinct periods of creativity in Toomer's career. The Aesthetic period includes Imagist, symbolist, and other experimental pieces, such as “Five Vignettes,” while “Georgia Dusk” and the newly discovered poem “Tell Me” come from Toomer's Ancestral Consciousness period in the early 1920 ... More

Keywords: Jean Toomer, Gurdjieffian guru, Objective Consciousness, Quaker convert, Five Vignettes, Georgia Dusk, Tell Me, Ancestral Consciousness, Georges Gurdjieff

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780807842096
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469616414_Jones

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert B. Jones, editor

Margot Toomer Latimer, editor