— We Are All Poets, Really

Love this cover for ‘We Are All Poets, Really’ by Walter Lowenfels.

From Penniless Press:


Lowenfels was born in 1897 into a prosperous German-Jewish family of butter merchants. He was an inattentive student and did so badly at school that he failed to qualify for college entrance and was taken into the family business. When America entered the First World War in 1917 he enthusiastically enlisted but never actually left the United States, being as inefficient a soldier as he had been a student. His own later explanation for joining up was that he was “illiterate about war and peace and politics” in those days. Between 1919 and 1926 he worked for his father, becoming “very good in butter,” but he was also beginning to take an interest in the arts. He wrote poetry, and began to pick up a few ideas from the modernist poets active in the 1920s. His first book appeared In 1925 and included a poem called From an Exposition of Power and Industrial Machinery, which was essentially a catalogue of engineering terminology but points to the way Lowenfels was concerned to develop a different kind of language and subject-matter for poetry:


unit aligning power transmission
non return vertical indicator
pump governing nose
return trap compensating joint
expanding lathe mandrel


make up water
boiler blow down
bleach liquor
stream flow
glass steam trap
air cooled wall for powdered coal


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