Category Archives: Poetry

White Rabbit Press – Joe Dunn and Graham Mackintosh (1957–1972)

Stan Persky, Lives of the French Symbolist Poets (1967) “The first book of the White Rabbit Press was Boston poet Steve Jonas’s Love, the Poem, the Sea & Other Pieces Examined, published in 1957 with a cover by San Francisco … Continue reading

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Detroit Artist’s Workshop

Red Door Gallery – 1964 Archie Shepp: “On November 1st, the Detroit Artist’s Workshop, now defunct, celebrated its tenth anniversary. Not exactly an earth-shattering event, this anniversary, but one with great significance for those of us whose daily cultural practice … Continue reading

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Jean Genet on the Hidden Heart of Jean Cocteau

Chicago, 1968 “Greek [Grec]! The dry elegance of this word, its brevity, its rupture even, a little abrupt, are the qualities that can be readily applied to Jean Cocteau. The word is already a fastidious work of cutting: thus it … Continue reading

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Image-Nations 1-12 & The Stadium of the Mirror – Robin Blaser (1972)

“… At stake is the embrace of a public world, a world-image that persists in salvaging an expanding narrative not just of the self, composing itself through languages, but of the multiplying discourses in conversation and negotiation with reading the … Continue reading

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The Sixties Diaries By Ted Berrigan

“My father, Ted Berrigan, is primarily known for his poetry, especially his book The Sonnets, which reimagined the traditional sonnet from a perspective steeped in the art of assemblage circa the early sixties. He was also an editor, a publisher, … Continue reading

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Paul Blackburn – The Journals (1975)

Robert Kelly, Preface from The Journals: “The Journals to my mind are Blackburn’s quintessential work, and demonstrate the way his work knew to go, the power of music he could charm out of everything that came his way, or even … Continue reading

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In Which He Liked Frank O’Hara For The Same Reason He Had Not Liked Him Before – Kenneth Koch

Frank O’Hara with Grace Hartigan “The first thing of Frank O’Hara’s I ever read was a story in the Harvard Advocate in 1948. It was about some people drunkenly going up stairs. During the next year, when I was living … Continue reading

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No Sleep till Gloucester

Charles Olson’s Table “Standing in line early in the morning at the Dunkin Donuts located at the service area on Route 128 North heading into Gloucester, I thought to myself that this ‘mole’ brought into town, not just the tourists, … Continue reading

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Langston Hughes

“James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901– May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. One of the earliest innovators of the literary art form called jazz poetry, Hughes is best known … Continue reading

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Thomas Merton

“Thomas Merton OCSO (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist and scholar of comparative religion. On May 26, 1949, he was ordained to the Catholic priesthood and given the … Continue reading

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