Complete Minimal Poems

Aram Saroyan

James Hoff

Complete Minimal Poems collects Aram Saroyan’s groundbreaking Concrete and minimalist poems of the 1960s in a single volume. First published in 2008, Complete Minimal Poems includes the entire contents of Aram Saroyan (Random House, 1968), Pages (Random House, 1969), The Rest (Telegraph, 1971), as well as Saroyan’s contribution, “Electric Poems,” to the anthology All Stars (Goliard-Grossman, 1972), and a sequence, “Short Poems,” which hasn’t appeared previously. With ties to the work of such writers and artists as e.e. cummings, Andy Warhol, Gertrude Stein, Donald Judd, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Steve Reich, this collection confirms Aram Saroyan’s place among the most daring and engaging figures in modern poetry.

Complete Minimal Poems was originally published by Ugly Duckling Presse and edited by Primary Information co-founder James Hoff. Upon publication, the book garnered critical praise, with the New York Times Sunday Book Review claiming that “anyone interested in art made from words should have it.” It was chosen by Ron Silliman to be the recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award in 2008.

Aram Saroyan is a writer well known for his early minimalist, conceptual, and Concrete poetry of the 1960s. Over the course of the last five decades, Saroyan has written over 30 books in a variety of forms including several novels, memoirs, plays, long- and short-form journalism, and essays, garnering awards and esteemed grants along the way. Since the initial publication of Complete Minimal Poems in 2008, Saroyan has begun producing new works in minimal and conceptual form, which have found new audiences in the art world. His work was included in the Made in L.A. exhibition at the Hammer Museum in 2016, for which he contributed the subtitle a, the, though, only.

6 x 8 inches
288 pages
Edition of 1000
Second Printing
June 2016
ISBN: 9780985136482