Tag Archives: Keith Kumasen Abbott

Beyond Haiku

Beyond Haiku “If Western poetic originated in the Greek encounter with drama, giving us a crucial interest in mimesis or representation, Japanese poetic derives from encounters with lyric poetry. . .assumed from lyricism that literature is distinguished from other human … Continue reading

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This Heaven Where We Live As Music

Rounding out Philip Whalen Month is a previously published succinct and insightful review of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen by Keith Kumasen Abbott who has authored numerous essay and lectures on the American poet and Zen monk appearing in … Continue reading

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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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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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Bromige Was Here

Bromige Was Here Remembering David Bromige (1933-2009) by Pat Nolan David Bromige was here.  Although, truth be told, he wasn’t from here.  Like many coastal Northern Californians, he was from elsewhere: England, then Canada, and finally, rustication north of the … 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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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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The Great Broadside Swipe

The Great Broadside Swipe and Other Proceedings of the 2nd Black Bart Poetry Society Convention Celebrating the Life and Work of Joanne Kyger (1934—2017) Commonweal Retreat Center Bolinas Calif. July 22, 2017. by Steven Lavoie Decades passed, yet she persisted. … Continue reading

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