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Poetry Path: George Oppen


George Oppen

George Oppen, from "Of Being Numerous"


George Oppen was born in April 1908 in New Rochelle, New York. He was a central figure of the Objectivist movement, which promoted simplicity and transparency over form and rhyme and the founder of To Publishers and the Objectivist Press. His collection Of Being Numerous (New Directions, 1968) won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. In 1980, he was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He died in 1984 in California.


George Oppen, from Of Being Numerous Photo by Daniel Terna

Photo by Daniel Terna


George Oppen, excerpt from “Of Being Numerous” from New Collected Poems. Copyright © 1968 by George Oppen. Used by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.


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