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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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On The Use Of Euphemism

 Carl Wendt took note that the swim consisted of a lot of information about the proportions of oxygen to hydrogen, and a lot of that information consisted of lists, of coincidences, of lists of coincidences, and that he was doing … 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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Years In The Making

  When did you start writing Ode To Sunset, A Year In The Life Of An American Genius and what was the inspiration? Everything probably came together late spring 2008, or thereabouts.  I was putting the final touches to another … Continue reading

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Montreal Mastermind

The praise or public proclamation poem in the US is not exactly a lost art but one that has been relegated to inaugural sentiment, politic posture, public polemic, and John Philip Sousa huzzahs.  In fact, under tight-ass Anglo constraints, the … Continue reading

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A Taxonomy Of Poets

A Taxonomy of Poets  from Ode To Sunset —A Year In The Life of American Genius— a fiction by Pat Nolan Carl Wendt, poetry polymath and flaneur, has a genius, whether American or not, for finding patrons who will regularly … Continue reading

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hard as nails

hard as nails  by Carol Ciavonne (in response to the Anselm Hollo Challenge) In my art studio/laundry room, a fly-specked postcard leans on the window sill.  This is the poem printed on it:  hard as nails  hard as nails    we … Continue reading

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I Remember Tom Clark

I Remember Tom Clark  (with a tip of the laurel crown to Joe Brainard) by Pat Nolan I remember the first time I heard Tom Clark’s name mentioned was at the Bull’s Eye Tavern in Monterey, California in 1966 or … 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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