Poet, film-maker, founding member of KPFA, yogi and much more, Richard Moore was associated with the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance. More details here & here for tributes. Below the just posted film with Robert Duncan and John Wieners. Published on Mar 25, 2015 From the series USA: Poetry (1965) by Richard O. Moore
On the last day before I left for Europe earlier this month, the mailman brought a gorgeous 869 page book: Robert Duncan — The Collected Later Poems and Plays, edited and with an introduction by Peter Quartermain (University of California Press). Could I somehow stash it in my luggage with all the other books I had to lug to Europe & back. Hold it in my hand? Clamp it … Read more RD is Back!
Come & celebrate RD’s Birthday on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8 p.m. St. Mark’s Church | 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003 — There will be cake in the shape of the cosmos.— With the recent releases of Duncan’s H.D. Book, the first volume of his Collected Poems & Plays and Lisa Jarnot’s excellent Robert Duncan: The Ambassador From Venus, A Biography, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate Duncan’s 94th birthday (b. … Read more Happy Birthday, Robert Duncan!
Great joy as late last night I got back to Brooklyn from Albany & found the book package in the mailbox to be a volume I have been eagerly awaiting for over a decade now. Finally, here it is: Thanks are due to Peter Quartermain for an superb job as editor of the volume & for his brilliant introduction. Below, the description the University of California press gives, and which you can find online … Read more It’s Out! It’s Out!…
Waking up early at the Luxembourg Embassy in D.C. (more on that maybe in the next post) I walk out onto Mass Ave to find a breakfast spot, hang a right after Gandhi’s statue & come to an excellent Belgian Bon Pain joint — organic everything, so soft boiled egg, various breads, etc. Across the street I espy a bookshop & stroll over once “restauré.” One window displays all war books from the … Read more The Price of Poetry
Last year as he & his work were being celebrated at the University of Lawrence, Kansas [see post here] Ken Irby gave me a copy of & permission to reprint the following letter by Robert Duncan — the first one Irby received from RD. It took awhile, but here it is finally, as photo repro & in a transcription. (The few words that were unreadable are in bold with a … Read more Robert Duncan to Kenneth Irby, May 10, 1963
After many years, the French are finally adressing Duncan’s work! There had been one smallish “Selected” published by Christian Bourgois in the 80s — a very silly & misleading selection that couldn’t & didn’t work. In fact, when a couple years later Bourgois decided to quit publishing any poetry —American or other — he would always use the Duncan book as exemplar & say: “The Duncan sold all of … Read more Clément Oudard: from H.D. to Robert Duncan