Tag Archives: Kenneth Rexroth

Hello, I Must Be Going [Part II]

Hello, I Must Be Going [Part II]  Excerpts from Thanks For Asking: The Whalen Journal by Steve Silberman        In May of 1993, Michael Wenger at the San Francisco Zen Center contacted  Steve and asked him if he … Continue reading

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Hello, I Must Be Going [Part I]

Hello, I Must Be Going [Part I] Excerpts from Thanks For Asking: The Whalen Journal             by Steve Silberman      . In May of 1993, Michael Wenger at the San Francisco Zen Center contacted  … 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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The Poet As Cynic

The Poet As Cynic Carl Wendt, poet and literary factotum, still adjusting to being awarded the megabucks Dorian Pillsbury Prize in Poetry, finds himself hitchhiking along a deserted Northern California backroad highway. Excerpt from Ode To Sunset A Year In … Continue reading

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

  “Socialization of culture devalues it as a form of social values which are then held to a standard and used as an admission price for exclusionary purposes.”                         … Continue reading

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

The Poète Maudit In The Rules of Art, Pierre Bourdieu identifies a major pattern shift occurring in the social ranks as a result of the 19th century industrial revolution.  The rise of the bourgeoisie, of course, and the increase of itinerant … 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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Poetry Is A Crowded Room, Part 2

Poetry Is A Crowded Room, Part 2 Excerpt from Ode To Sunset, A Year in the Life of American Genius a fiction by Pat Nolan  Attending the Cirque De Penumbroi, a poetry happening in the partially demolished Reed Hotel south … 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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