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Never Apologize, Never Explain, Part II

Never Apologize Never Explain, Part II Further Notes on Understanding the Poetry of Philip Whalen By Pat Nolan  “Philip was always writing, always reading, and whenever possible playing music.”                         —Gary Snyder, Preface to The Collected         … Continue reading

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Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required Bill Berkson’s “Memoir In Pieces”  When talking about Bill Berkson certain assumptions must be addressed.  That he was a quintessential New Yorker who had escaped to California and created a niche for himself among artists and writers … Continue reading

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Philip Whalen; Beset By Irony

To: The Membership & Interested Parties From: Chinee, Grand Poobah, NBBPS Subject: Philip Whalen, Beset By Irony If Philip Whalen is crowded by beauty as the title of David Schneider’s biography, Crowded By Beauty, The Life And Zen of Poet … Continue reading

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Someone Else’s Paul Blackburn

To: The Membership and Interested Parties From: Chinee, Grand Poobah, NBBPS Subject: The Cities by Paul Blackburn So you walk into a used bookstore on Shattuck and head over to the poetry section and scan the spines for anything that … Continue reading

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W.C.W. and his buddies shifting gears with a sometimes sticking clutch

To: The Membership and Interested Parties From: Charter Member Luci Friesen aka The Gaucho Subject: W.C.W. and his buddies shifting gears with a sometimes sticking clutch  “What were we seeking?  No one knew consistently enough to formulate a ‘movement.’  We … Continue reading

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