Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance

Wesleyan University Press, 1998 M07 29 - 439 páginas
Jack Spicer, unlike his contemporaries Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Gary Snyder, was a poet who disdained publishing and relished his role as a social outcast. He died in 1965 virtually unrecognized, yet in the following years his work and thought have attracted and intrigued an international audience. Now this comprehensive biography gives a pivotal poet his due. Based on interviews with scores of Spicer's contemporaries, Poet Be Like God details the most intimate aspects of Spicer's life—his family, his friends, his lovers—illuminating not only the man but also many of his poems.

Such illumination extends also to the works of others whom Spicer came to know, including the writers Frank O'Hara, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Helen Adam, Robin Blaser, Charles Olson, Philip K. Dick, Richard Brautigan, and Marianne Moore and the painters Jess, Fran Herndon, and Jay DeFeo. The resulting narrative, an engaging chronicle of the San Francisco Renaissance and the emergence of the North Beach gay scene during the 50s and 60s, will be indispensable reading for students of American literature and gay studies.

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POET BE LIKE GOD: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance

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Beat insider Ellingham and novelist Killian (Shy, 1989, etc.) have here embraced a most resistant, though not unworthy, subject in poet Jack Spicer. Spicer catalyzed the development of the Beat ... Leer comentario completo

Poet be like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance

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Spicer died at 40 in 1965, having published a few titles and served as poetry editor of the Nation. He left behind a pile of papers that have been sifted through over the decades. The best of his ... Leer comentario completo


Chapter One Prodigy Gone Wrong
Chapter Two After Berkeley
Chapter Three The Poet in New York and Boston
Chapter Four The Whole Boon of His Fertility
Chapter Five Honey in the Groin
Chapter Six The Hell of Personal Relations
Chapter Seven Heads of the Town
Chapter Eight The Holy Grail
Chapter Nine The Long Silence
Chapter Ten Crisis
Chapter Eleven The Chill in My Bones
Chapter Twelve Last Summer
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LEWIS ELLINGHAM is a freelance editor and writer and author of The Jefferson Airplane (1972). Writer KEVIN KILLIAM’s recent books are Little Men (1997), Arctic Summer (1997), and Argento Series (1997). Both live in San Francisco.

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