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The Art of Doing Other Shit: Harry Smith, Brian Lucas June 15, 2011: I remember, not exactly when, but the feeling of when I first realized the Harry Smith behind the Anthology of American Folk Music (1952) was also the Harry Smith who made Early Abstractions (1964) and other avant-garde films. Then I remember having the feeling again when I went to the James Cohen Gallery in NY in 2002 to see a show of his [...] by

Becoming Visible: City Lights Spotlight June 7, 2011: [Note: I’ve been trying to blog about the new City Lights poetry series, City Lights Spotlight, but am dissatisfied with the results. Fortunately, however, Patrick James Dunagan, author of A GUSTONBOOK (Post-Apollo Press, 2011), recently proposed interviewing me on the subject, which seems like a far more congenial approach. Many thanks to [...] by

The Maestro: David Meltzer, Part II May 31, 2011: Prior to helping him assemble the collection that became When I Was a Poet, I knew little about David Meltzer or his work. Right before we met, however, I picked up a copy of The Agency Trilogy, a trio of pornographic novels written in 1968 for Essex House, the same outfit in L.A. that published the original edition of Bukowski’s Notes of a [...] by

The Maestro: David Meltzer, Part I May 24, 2011: Michael McClure invited Andrew Joron and me to a reading in the Berkeley Hills, as we wanted to consult him in the course of editing the (forthcoming) Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia. Contact was made, a meeting was set up, and McClure would provide much valuable information regarding Lamantia’s activities in the late ’50s. His [...] by

Work, or The Man Who Shot Frank O’Hara May 17, 2011: it is how life as lived—is lived—. —Richard O. Moore, “Over the Shoulder” The other day Cedar Sigo and I went to Mill Valley to visit Richard O. Moore (pictured), who last year at age 90 released his first book, a selected poems called Writing the Silences (University of California). Among the poets identified by Michael [...] by

The Tide, Part 2: Objective Chance May 11, 2011: There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows, and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. —Julius Caesar, IV.3.218-224 Aside from inducing me to let go of [...] by

The Tide, Part 1: Philip Lamantia May 4, 2011: There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows, and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. —William Shakespeare I was halfway through a year-long fellowship [...] by