- Publish Date: 2005-04-30
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Ronald Johnson
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Poetry. First published in 1977, Ronald Johnson's RADI OS revises the first four books of Paradise Lost by excising words, discovering a modern and visionary poem within the seventeenth-century text. As the author explains, To etch is 'to cut away,' and each page, as in Blake's concept of a book, is a single picture. With God and Satan crossed out, RADI OS reduces Milton's Baroque poem to elemental forces. In this retelling of the Fall, song precipitates from chaos, sight from fire: in the shape / as of / above the / rose / through / rose / rising / the radiant sun.
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