Tag Archives: William Carlos Williams

This Heaven Where We Live As Music

Rounding out Philip Whalen Month is a previously published succinct and insightful review of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen by Keith Kumasen Abbott who has authored numerous essay and lectures on the American poet and Zen monk appearing in … Continue reading

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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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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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Meditation In A Big Cabin

MEDITATION IN A BIG CABIN It has been fifty years since Ron Padgett’s Great Balls of Fire lit up the poetry sky. In 1969, Padgett’s publication by a mainstream publisher, Holt Rhinehart Winston, was a tremendous breakthrough for a non … Continue reading

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Bill & Lou, Part II

Bill & Lou, Part II  The Descent of Winter By Tom Sharp (excerpted from The Objectivists)  Louis Zukofsky took Ezra Pound’s suggestion to edit The Descent of Winter by William Carlos Williams for “Exile 4”. Williams began the sequence “on board the S. … Continue reading

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Bill & Lou, Part I

Zukofsky and Williams  By Tom Sharp (excerpted from The Objectivists) The extent of the friendship and mutual influence of Louis Zukofsky and William Carlos Williams is not sufficiently known. Williams’ autobiography records that the two were “good friends” but not … Continue reading

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