Artist Robert Rauschenberg died Monday night at the age of 82. Obituaries can be found all over the place, so instead of adding another, here's a few interesting links that connect Rauschenberg to poetry. If you have more, please post them in the comments section.
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"I used to think of that line in Allen Ginsberg's Howl, about 'the sad cup of coffee.' I've had cold coffee and hot coffee, good coffee and lousy coffee, but I've never had a sad cup of coffee."
Full audio of John Cage reading his piece "On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist and His Work."
Time magazine article from 1968, which describes a poetry reading in Rauschenberg's Manhattan studio.
Poet Vincent Katz on Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing.
Poet Rick Barot's essay "Rauschenberg's Bed," from the Yale Review.
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Originally Published: May 13th, 2008

Poet and filmmaker Nick Twemlow is a senior editor of the Iowa Review and co-editor of Canarium Books. His first collection of poetry, Palm Trees (2012), won the Norma Farber first book award from the Poetry Society of America. Judge Timothy Liu noted of Twemlow’s work, “Reading Twemlow gives one a deep sense about what's exciting...

  1. May 14, 2008
     Rick Barot

    Hi Nick--
    Below is a link (hopefully it works) to my essay "Rauschenberg's Bed" (a meditation on Rauschenberg and Adrienne Rich) which appeared in the January issue of the "Yale Review."
    Rick
    http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1467-9736.2008.00364.x?cookieSet=1

  2. May 14, 2008
     Nick

    Hi Rick,
    The link didn't work, so I am going to upload a PDF of your essay to the links above. Hope that's OK.
    Nick