Charles Olson

Going to start the Maximus poems this month. I was reading a few shorter poems of his. Olson tried to retain the “force” of a “busted” ego.

But if Adorno is right that in capitalism taboo has shifted from the super ego to external commands, then I think the“self” (his “ALTERNATIVE TO THE EGO POSITION”) acts like a strong ego insofar as belonging protects against conformity. This despite adherence to an authoritarian “polis” as the ideal.

I think this can result in idiosyncrasy.