Tag Archives: Gary Snyder

Snyder’s Cold Mountain

GARY SNYDER:  HAN SHAN “COLD MOUNTAIN” TRANSLATIONS by Keith Kumasen Abbott “[Cold Mountain’s] appearance resembles that of an emaciated beggar, but every word he uttered was pithy, meaningful and inspiring. He wore a cap made of birch bark, a simple … Continue reading

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Report: Scenes From Life

Group reading of Philip Whalen’s Scenes From Life At The Capital Monday, October 23, 2017 Moe’s Books, Berkeley, CA They said they would, and they did.  Two years ago Alastair Johnston of Poltroon Press had thought to combine the occasion … Continue reading

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Poetry In Exile

Poetry in Exile Introduction to Exile In Paradise by Pat Nolan (Nualláin House, Publisher, 2017) Some fifty years ago a friend loaned or gifted me Kenneth Rexroth’s One Hundred Poems from the Chinese, and as is commonly acknowledged a loaned book … Continue reading

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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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