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The Education of Pat Nolan

The Education Of Pat Nolan An Anniversary Memorial for Keith Kumasen Abbott, 1944-2019 By Pat Nolan Paintings by Ivan Suvanjieff In pursuit of the writer’s life with absolutely no clue of what I was doing, I left the Midwest (c.1965) … Continue reading

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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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Provincialism and the Gentrification of Anglo-American Poetry, Part I

Definitions To start with a definition: provincialism, a mode of thought no longer solely relegated to regions outside high density urban areas, and characterized by narrow-mindedness, insularity, lack of, or excess of, sophistication. “The provincialism of contemporary poets represents a … Continue reading

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Blue Suede Shoes Redux: The Specimen Issue

Legend has it that that Keith Abbott joined the mimeograph underground by liberating a ream of paper from the WWSC English Department supply closet, acquiring a quire of stencils (one may say that now), and finding someone with a mimeograph … Continue reading

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This Is How Legends Begin

I strove with none, for none was worth my strife. Nature I loved, and, next to nature, Art; I warm’d both hands before the fire of Life; It sinks, and I am ready to depart. —Walter Savage Landor Recollections, appreciations, … Continue reading

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New To The Society’s Shelves

New To The Society’s Shelves Over the past year The New Black Bart Poetry Society has acquired either as review/gift/comp copies, subscription, and or diligent used bookstore browsing a fair but not overwhelming number of books to add to the … Continue reading

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Rothenberg Poetry University

Rothenberg Poetry University Heuristic Maps For The Mastery of Poetry Jerome Rothenberg is a genius.  With the aid of his able collaborators, he has mapped out a heuristic path for the study of poetry and toward a unifying theory of … Continue reading

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now be clay in the ground

now be clay in the ground by Mark Young My first fulltime job, more than four decades ago, was as a member of the consular staff of the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand. The Japanese Foreign Ministry had a … Continue reading

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Gary Snyder’s Myths & Text

Gary Snyder’s Myths and Texts by Keith Kumasen Abbott “. . .academic fashion judged poets and other artistic innovators as suspect or irrelevant; critics were essential. . . the academically based literary or art critic was more important than creative … Continue reading

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Bathroom Art Galleries

Bathroom Art Galleries Reflections on Broadsides, Poem Cards and Literary Artifacts of The 70’s and 80’s by Pat Nolan The bathrooms in these transient student garrets served as galleries of an equally transient art thumbtacked to the water stained walls … Continue reading

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