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I’ve never had a sad cup of coffee

By Nick Twemlow

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.

“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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Comments (2)

  • On May 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm Rick Barot wrote:

    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.”

  • On May 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm Nick wrote:

    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.

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