New York: Jargon/Corinth Books, 1964. Paperback. 8vo. 8"x5.5". Decorative orange wraps. 165 pp.
Edges are scuffed and bottom right corner of front cover is bent. Pen notations on pp. 17 and 24-26.
This is a reprint of Zukofsky's landmark literary criticism text published cooperatively by the Jargon Society and Corinth Books. Zukofsky was an influential avant-garde poet and founder of the Objectivist school of poetry, known within literary circles for his dense and obtuse style. A Test of Poetry is a handy encapsulation of his style and philosophy, an attempt to establish objective criteria for judging value in poetry through comparison.
Zukofsky's dispassionate, unapproachable style eventually resonated with the Black Mountain School of poetics, including the Jargon Society, who reprinted a number of his books and exposed him to a much wider audience. (Clay/Phillips 115). The previous owner of this Jargon printing certainly engaged with the text (or attempted to) judging by their notations on poems 14a and b. Very good. Item #875