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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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Whalen & Wieners: Eavesdropping on the Greats

[Eavesdropping on the greats is bound to garner an earful.  A brief unauthorized peek at  correspondence between Philip Whalen and John Wieners from the late ‘50s, early ‘60s. Many thanks and appreciations to Messer’s Berkson and Abbott (now jogging funny … 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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Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required Bill Berkson’s “Memoir In Pieces”  When talking about Bill Berkson certain assumptions must be addressed.  That he was a quintessential New Yorker who had escaped to California and created a niche for himself among artists and writers … 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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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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