Monday, November 21, 2011

TED ~








THEODORE ENSLIN
1925-2011









a partial list of Ted's books:

  • The Work Proposed (1958)
  • The Place Where I Am Standing: Poems (1964)
  • This Do (1966)
  • To Come, To Have Become: Poems 1961-66 (1966)
  • New Sharon's Prospect & Journals (1966/1967)
  • The Four Temperaments (1966)
  • Characters in Certain Places (1967)
  • The Diabelli Variations, and Other Poems (1967)
  • Agreement and Back: Sequences (1969)
  • Forms 1-5 (1970-1974)
  • Views 1-7 Berkeley, CA: Maya (1970
  • The Country of Our Consciousness (1971)
  • Etudes (1972)
  • Sitio (1973)
  • The Swamp Fox (1973)
  • Views (1973)
  • With Light Reflected: Poems 1970-1972 (1973)
  • The Mornings (1974)
  • Fever Poems (1974)
  • Of East Dennis: The Highlands in Sorrow (exact year not known: 197-?)
  • Mahler (1975)
  • Ländler (1975)
  • The Median Flow: Poems 1943-1973 (1975)
  • Synthesis 1-24 (1975)
  • The July Book (1976)
  • The Further Regions (1976)
  • Carmina (1976)
  • Papers (1976)
  • Assensions (1977)
  • Ranger CXXII & CXXVIII (1977)
  • Circles (1977)
  • Concentrations (1977)
  • Ranger (2 vols. 1978 corrected edition 1980)
  • Tailings (1978)
  • Occurrence: An Issue of Theodore Enslin (1978)
  • 16 Blossoms in February (1978)
  • May Fault (1979)
  • Opus 31, no. 3 (1979)
  • 2 Plus 12 (1979)
  • The Fifth Direction (1980)
  • The Flare of Beginning Is in November (1980)
  • Star Anise (1980)
  • Two Geese: Two Poems (1980)
  • Madrigal (ca. 1980)
  • In Duo Concertante (1981)
  • Axes 52 (1981)
  • Markings (1981)
  • Processionals (1981)
  • September’s Bonfire (1981)
  • “F. P.” (1982)
  • Meditations on Varied Grounds (1982)
  • A Man in Stir (1983)
  • Gray Days (1984)
  • Songs w/out Words (1984)
  • The Weather Within (1985)
  • For Mr. Walters: Master Mechanic (1985)
  • The Path Between (1986)
  • The Waking of the Eye (1986)
  • Case Book (1987)
  • Six Pavannes (1987)
  • Love and Science (1990)
  • Little Wandering Flake of Snow (1991)
  • Mad Songs (1995)
  • Conversations (1998)
  • Sequentiae (1999)
  • Then and Now: Selected Poems, 1943-1993 (1999)
  • In Tandem (2003)
  • Nine (2004)
  • I, Benjamin (2010)








the saddest news just now in via phone call from richard levasseur, one of Ted's closest friends, and mine. Few words but that the good man was gone last night (Sunday-Monday) in his sleep. Ted and I read our poems in public together as a twosome a few times, maybe the most memorable for me was at Melville's home Arrowhead in the Berkshires. Goodbye musician~poet of the seascoast & hills.


Photo courtesy Whit Griffin
Photo courtesy of Alison Enslin



7 comments:

Ed Baker said...

Bob

Mark just 'clued' me... so
I went straight to your blog

I got tears wetting eyes and dripping down...

&, am of a sudden feeling
fucking OLD !

http://edbaker.maikosoft.com/niedecker_celebration/CidCormanEdBakerTedEnslinChuckSandy.html

when I in 2003 sent him copies my LN 100 th photos he thanked me as (he wrote) that after all of the years being friends with Cid he had no photo of Cid & hung one of up...

http://edbaker.maikosoft.com/niedecker_celebration/CidCormanEdBakerTedEnslinChuckSandy.html

then he added something about getting my garden ready for the next season


hang in, Ed

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Ed,

Ted's passing, and your reaction, touched me too. We are all friends, and in 2003 in Milwaukee, it showed.

The Old Timer would have reminded you, along with garden prep, that you're 16 years YOUNGER than he was. So feel young. We got a ways to go.

Thanks for notching in links for the photographs and memories.

all's well, Bob

Ed Baker said...

when visiting in 2000 he took me up to his original house and up to the loft where he wrote... he told me the story of the short chair...

one day I'll tell you the story (that he told me) of "The Low Down Chair" (as he called it)

he was a good poet/musician ... knew a lot & had one hell of a garden and the largest old pine tree on his property that I've ever seen

(I think I got a picture of it .... somewhere .... in my "stash" a drawing of it is (also) on one of his books:

From Near the Great Pine

Although I have looked
at the great pine
tree
many times before,
I have never noticed
one space between
its upper branches
-like a pond-
waves, the branches
either side of it.

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Funny, Ed, you would bring up From Near the Great Pine, a book of Ted's that never sold all that well. I have about 100 copies of the book that Ted sent to me as one more forgotten quiet masterpiece in the halls of small press America — to see if maybe I could place the slim book into peoples hands. We've tried.

Ted tried. More than tried. Lived.

Ted said to me, and others, when Cid Corman died, "Let an old man rest". This is how, I believe, he would have it.

Which doesn't mean the celebration of his life ever stops.

all's well, Bob

vazambam said...

LAST SENTENCE

Fantasy

of the dance, day
breaks and waves

be light, this
earth that covers you,

friend.

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Ah, Vassilis,

it's a gift to have this for Ted.

We've been without power (snowstorm) the last ten hours, otherwise I would have been to you sooner.

It all holds
all's well, Bob

Robert Julian Braxton said...

I had to drive eleven hours through to Hilton Head Island, SC, to encounter (or even hear of) Ted - now I am smitten. Someone who knows Lindy Hough personally told me of this Maine poet (she also has places in Maine). This is a pleasant discovery, even if I am about five years late (I retired July 2009 and write poetry since then). robertjulianbraxton (Fairfax, VA)