The just-released H.D. Book, Robert Duncan’s homage to the modernist poet H.D. that eventually developed into a unique quest toward a new poetics, is turning heads in literary circles, and not just because of that handsome photo on the cover.
Publishers Weekly, Bookforum, The New Republic, and The Nation have all praised the book for the [more...]
Michael McClure is an American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. A central figure in the Beat Movement and the San Francisco Renaissance, McClure has continued to reach new audiences through his poetry, plays, and performance. After moving from Kansas to San Francisco as a young man, he was one of the five poets who participated [more...]
Poetry lovers, take note: Legendary Beat poet Michael McClure will be reading from his new collection of poems, Of Indigo and Saffron, at City Lights Books on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. One of the five poets who heralded the Beat movement in the 1955 Six Gallery reading in San Francisco, [more...]
Poet Raúl Zurita was a 24-year old student in Valparaiso, Chile on the day of Augusto Pinochet’s coup in 1973, and lived for 17 years under the military dictatorship. In Purgatory, he records the pain and suffering he and the Chilean people experienced during that era, and reveals how this pain and suffering, as well [more...]
On the surface, they may seem different—one is a book about American jazz, the other is about the relationship between romantic and experimental modern poetry—but Amiri Baraka’s Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music and Poems for the Millenium, Volume 3: The University of California Book of Romantic & Postromantic Poetry, edited by Jerome [more...]
In anticipation of Michael McClure’s book, “Mysteriosos and Other Poems”, (published in April by New Directions), Steven Fama wrote a blog post called “17 Reasons Why…I Love the Work of Michael McClure!”.
Number one on the list was the October 7, 1955 reading at the Six Gallery in San Francisco. It was McClure’s first poetry reading, [more...]
Distinguished poet and UC Press author Leslie Scalapino passed away on May 28, 2010. Robert Creeley said of her work: “Its formal authority is as brilliant as any I know.”
The author of many poetry books, Scalapino published her first, O and Other Poems, in 1976. UC Press published her selected poems, It’s go in horizontal, [more...]
Who knew successful artists from Mill Valley were so common? There are so many of them, in fact, that the town’s art commission and board of directors established the Milley Awards for Creative Achievement in 1988. The awards go to artists of all mediums—theater, dance, literature, music and visual arts, plus an award for contribution [more...]