The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built Author Jack Spicer
ISBN-10 9780819569622
Year 2010-06-01
Pages 290
Language en
Publisher Wesleyan University Press

The House That Jack Built collects for the first time the four historic talks given by controversial poet Jack Spicer just before his early death in 1965. These lively and provocative lectures function as a gloss to Spicer's own poetry, a general discourse on poetics, and a cautionary handbook for young poets. This long-awaited document of Spicer's unorthodox poetic vision, what Robin Blaser has called "the practice of outside," is an authoritative edition of an underground classic. Peter Gizzi's afterword elucidates some of the fundamental issues of Spicer's poetry and lectures, including the concept of poetic dictation, which Spicer renovates with vocabularies of popular culture: radio, Martians, and baseball; his use of the California landscape as a backdrop for his poems; and his visual imagination in relation to the aesthetics of west-coast funk assemblage. This book delivers a firsthand account of the contrary and turbulent poetics that define Spicer's ongoing contribution to an international avant-garde.

Poet Be Like God

Poet Be Like God Author Lewis Ellingham
ISBN-10 0819553085
Year 1998-07-29
Pages 439
Language en
Publisher Wesleyan University Press

The first biography of poet Jack Spicer (1925-1965), a key figure in San Francisco’s gay cultural scene and in the development of American avant garde poetries.

My Vocabulary Did This to Me

My Vocabulary Did This to Me Author Jack Spicer
ISBN-10 9780819571090
Year 2010-10-01
Pages 508
Language en
Publisher Wesleyan University Press

Winner of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Award for Poetry (2009) Winner of the American Book Award (2009) In 1965, when the poet Jack Spicer died at the age of forty, he left behind a trunkful of papers and manuscripts and a few copies of the seven small books he had seen to press. A West Coast poet, his influence spanned the national literary scene of the 1950s and ’60s, though in many ways Spicer’s innovative writing ran counter to that of his contemporaries in the New York School and the West Coast Beat movement. Now, more than forty years later, Spicer’s voice is more compelling, insistent, and timely than ever. During his short but prolific life, Spicer troubled the concepts of translation, voice, and the act of poetic composition itself. My Vocabulary Did This to Me is a landmark publication of this essential poet’s life work, and includes poems that have become increasingly hard to find and many published here for the first time.

The Poetry of Jack Spicer

The Poetry of Jack Spicer Author Daniel Katz
ISBN-10 9780748677160
Year 2013-01-17
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Edinburgh University Press

In the years since his death from alcohol poisoning, San Francisco Renaissance poet Jack Spicer (1925-1965) has gradually come to be recognized as one of most intriguing, demanding, and rewarding of the so-called 'New American Poetry' poets who were first published in Donald Allen's historic anthology of that name.This is the first full-length critical monograph on his work, placing it in the context not only of the San Francisco Renaissance and contemporary movements with which Spicer dialogued and often disagreed - such as the Beats, the Black Mountain poets, and the 'New York School' - but also of the major modernists from whom his innovative poetics derived, differed, and developed.Informed by much archival material only recently made available, The Poetry of Jack Spicer, examines Spicer's post-Poundian translation projects; his crucial theories of the 'serial poem' and inspiration as 'dictation'; his contrarian take on queer poetics; his insistently uncanny regionalism; and his elaboration of an epistolary poetics of interpellation and address.

Twentieth century American poetry

Twentieth century American poetry Author Dana Gioia
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105111930736
Year 2004
Pages 1143
Language en
Publisher McGraw-Hill

An anthology of twentieth-century American poetry spans the genre's development throughout the past one hundred years and is arranged by major movement to provide a comprehensive historical and cultural overview.

The Astonishment Tapes

The Astonishment Tapes Author Robin Blaser
ISBN-10 9780817358099
Year 2015-10-31
Pages 340
Language en
Publisher University of Alabama Press

The Astonishment Tapes is the edited transcript of revealing autobiographical audiotapes recorded by the groundbreaking poet Robin Blaser, a founding member of the Berkeley contingent of the San Francisco Renaissance in New American Poetry.