Tag Archives: Gary Snyder

Nothing Is Forever

Nothing Is Forever: Philip Whalen’s “Kozan-ji” and Kyoto catalysis by Keith Kumasen Abbott From Whalen’s notebook 16:IV: 68: Walking, looking at blossoming rhododendrons—I thought how much I used to love them, to be turned on by them: I depended upon … Continue reading

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Edgy Dreams

Dreaming On The Edge; Poets & Book Artists in California Alastair M. Johnston, Oak Knoll Press, 2016 Some finely crafted small books, despite the richness of their contents and the originality of their design, often pass unnoticed at the time … Continue reading

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Commonplace Discoveries: Lew Welch

Commonplace Discoveries: Lew Welch  A Talk by Philip Whalen I don’t know what was happening at the time Lew wrote this poem, Springtime in the Rockies, Lichen; I presume it must have been around the time that he was down … Continue reading

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At A Secret Location

To: The Membership & Interested Parties From: Chinee, Grand Poobah, NBBPS Subject: At A Secret Location There once was a poetry treasure trove in a basement in North Beach in San Francisco.  It was accessed by wooden stairs leading down … Continue reading

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Jack’s Haiku Letter to Gary

To: The Membership and Interested Parties From: Keith Kumasen Abbott, Charter Member NBBPS Subject: Jack’s Haiku Letter to Gary In December 1957 Jack Kerouac typed this letter to Gary Snyder in Japan, on the back of a letter from Allen … 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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Quantum Redux

To: The Membership and Interested Parties From: Pat Nolan, Charter Member, NBBPS Subject: The Quantum Of Kerouac Note:  Pat Nolan’s The Quantum of Kerouac originally appeared in Poetry Flash in June of 2013 The Quantum of Kerouac  “I know that … Continue reading

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