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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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Fogged In Frisco

FOGGED IN FRISCO Carl Wendt, hardboiled poet and flaneur, aka the Bay Area’s Baudelaire, now homeless and down on his luck, muses on another aspect of his life where luck has failed him: women—they can be delightful, and they can … 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 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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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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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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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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