The Dancer and the Dance
A Book of Distinctions
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Red Hen Press
Title Page, Copyright, Epigraph
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Back before we could Google the worldwide web or access by computer a libraryâs shelves, we leaned on curiosity, happenstance, ingenuity and footwork to zero in on information. Now, at a time when data and knowledge are routinely misconstrued...
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A book is a mirror in which you see not what you are but what you were. For my sixty-fourth birthday, my son Sean gave me a DVD containing a segment of a 1955 episode of The Ed Sullivan Show. (In 1955, Sullivanâs show was called The Toast of the Town.) Like me, Ed...
Poetry And The Media
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The subject of todayâs panel is âPoetry and the Media.â Such a title more or less dictates the subject matter of the response. In one corner, âpoetryââusually encountered in books but sometimes in live performances, in newspapers, or even on television or radio or in films. In the other corner, âthe Mediaââa term which usually refers...
Section 1. Classics
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William Butler Yeats: The Tower: A Facsimile Edition
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In 1928âthe year he turned sixty-threeâthe world-famous poet William Butler Yeats published a slim, beautifully-produced volume called The Tower. Yeats had received the Nobel Prize in 1923, and the book was awaited with considerable anticipation. The bookâs title referred explicitly to âThoor Ballylee,â a derelict Norman...
Two Classics Revisited
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My friend the artist Matt Phillips told me recently of his great admiration for John Keats. Phillips had written a short essay about Keats to accompany his illustrations to âOde on a Grecian Urn.â Phillipsâ comments sent me back to Keatsâ great poem and then to a particular edition of Keatsâ work published by Signet in 1966 and edited by an old mentor of mine, Paul de Man (1919- 1983). I knew de Man...
Two Modernists & A Beat
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Cummings insists, rightly, that what we encounter in a text is not âwordsââthe products of our breaths and bodiesâbut âletters.â (âLanguageâ is something you do with your âlangue,â your tongue; reading is something you do with your eyes.) The primary...
Remains To Be Seen: Robert Duncan: A Poetâs Art
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âRobert would come to these parties, and if nothing else was going on, he could always draw. It was a form of play.â So said an artist friend of the poet Robert Duncan (1919-1988), whose graphic works are currently on display in a fascinating exhibition set up at two UC Berkeley locations: the Art...
The Possibility Of Weldon Kees
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Though he was featured at the John Natsoulas Galleryâs 2002 Conference on the Beat Generation, Weldon Kees (1914-1955) was no âbeatnikâ; he was, however, part of the fabric of his time, as painter, poet, critic, fiction writer, composer, even entertainer...
Barry Singer: Black and Blue: The Life And Lyrics Of Andy Razaf
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In 1945, vaudevillian Harry Fox (1882-1959) sued the producers of the film, The Dolly Sisters, for representing him in the movie as a âlowly songwriter.â Fox, the originator of the âFox Trot,â felt that such a representation was part of Rosie Dollyâs âconspiracy to injure him.â Once a prominent Broadway...
Unassimilable: The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth
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Copper Canyon Press has just released Kenneth Rexrothâs Complete Poems. Itâs a most welcome volume, carefully and lovingly edited by poet Sam Hamill and Bradford Morrow, Rexrothâs literary executor. It contains even more work than the New Directions volumes, The Collected Shorter Poems of Kenneth...
Section 2. Contemporaries
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My wife Adelle and I hosted the Seattle Teen Slam Team at our home recently. They were in town to compete in the National Teen Poetry Slam Championships, which were held at the Regency Theater on Earth Dayâ Saturday, April 22, 2000. The trip was arranged by Paul Nelson, who is a poetry dynamo in the Seattle...
Adrienne Rich: The School Among The Ruins: Poems 2000-2004
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The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004 (W.W. Norton) is Adrienne Richâs most recent volume. It follows Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995-1998 (1999) and Fox: Poems 1998-2000 (2001). None of these volumes is an attempt to produce an individual âmasterpieceâ; each is a kind of way-station in an ongoing engagement with poetic...
Shadow of the Vampire: Nosferatu as Literature: Vampires, Vamps, and VoluptÃ©
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Along with his new book of poetry, Interrogations at Noon, Dana Gioia recently published the libretto to Nosferatu (Graywolf Press, 2001), an opera he wrote in collaboration with composer Alva Henderson. The libretto is based on F.W. Murnauâs classic...
The Achievement Of Dana Gioia
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The title of this talk, âThe Achievement of Dana Gioia,â sounds a little as though Dana Gioiaâs âachievementâ were over, finished. We usually deal with the âachievementâ of dead writers such as Robert Frost or T.S. Eliot. Perhaps we should...
Annie Finch: Calendars, Centering and Decentering
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Recently, poet Annie Finch put out a call for âpoems in any non-iambic metersâanapests, sapphics, trochees, cretics, dactyls, amphibrachs, alcaics, or others.â Only a short time ago, such a call would have been greeted with bewildered questions about what...
Diane di Prima: Recollections Of My Life As A Woman: The New York Years
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The following quotation is one of the central perceptions of Diane di Primaâs long-awaited, riveting memoir, Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years (Viking, 2001). The perception is linked to various incidents in di Primaâs lifeâparticularly to her taking peyote and to her clandestine love affair with the married LeRoi Jones (...
Poems Are Not Tattoos: Francisco X. AlarcÃ³n, From the Other Side of Night/ Del Otro Lado De La Noche: New and Selected Poems
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In the Afterword to this important collection (University of Arizona Press, 2002), Manuel de JesÃºs HernÃ¡dez-G insists on the âunityâ of Francisco X. AlarcÃ³nâs life and work. HernÃ¡dez-G asserts that this poet presents us with âa unified erotic and activist...
Glenn Spearman: The Musa-physics: Myth-Science-Poetics
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The death in 1998 of tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman brought to an end his brilliant career as free jazz composer, player, teacher, and all-round energy source. Spearman was only fifty-one when he died, and in the notes to his last CD, Blues for Falasha, his associate Larry...
A Very Brechty X-mas!: A Theater Review
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When a televangelist announced that Christmas was the season of rejoicing, a doubtful spectator remarked, âOh, so thatâs what weâre doingârejoicing.â Brian Katz, Artistic Director of the Custom Made Theatre Company in San Francisco, clearly doesnât believe thatâs...
Seven Passages From A Notebook: Plus A Poem
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âSheâs a Language writer,â said WBAIâs Janet Coleman to me. Coleman was speaking of a writer she liked. In a way, that statement was odd. What we call âLanguage writingâ arose out of a discussionâoften a fierce and heated discussionâconducted by a group...
Appearing Ink: Garrison Keillor and The Hudson Review
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Post Script: The Death of Philomene Long
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About the Author
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Jack Foleyâs poetry books, all of which feature accompanying CDs or cassette tapes on which he performs with his wife Adelle, include Letters/Lights â Words for Adelle, Gershwin, Adrift (nominated for a BABRA award), Exiles, and (with Ivan ArgÃ¼elles) New Poetry from California: Dead / Requiem. His Greatest Hits 1974-2003...
Page Count: 262
Publication Year: 2008