Tag Archives: Philip Whalen

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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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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Don’t Mess With Bill

Don’t Mess With Bill; An Appreciation Poet and art critic Bill Berkson achieved personal entropy in San Francisco on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at the young age of 76.  June 16th also happens to be Bloomsday celebrated around the world … Continue reading

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RHYTHM-A-NING

RHYTHM-A-NING Philip Whalen’s Rhythmic Inventions: Thelonious Monk, Calligraphy and Zen Principles by Keith Kumasen Abbott (Originally published in Paul Kahn’s New Magazine #3, 2007) Since You Asked Me This poetry is a picture or graph of a mind moving, which … 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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