Jacket 7: Hot Lit

Jack Spicer at Gallery Six, San Francisco
Jack Spicer at Gallery Six, San Francisco

One of my favourite Jackets … well, they’re all pretty cool … is Jacket 7: It starts with a huge Jack Spicer feature:

Jack Spicer Feature (Guest Editor and Introduction by Christopher W.Alexander)

∆ Excerpt from Jack Spicer’s 3rd Vancouver Lecture, 1965
∆ Graham Foust: Jack Spicer and the fiftieth anniversary issue of «Poetry» (Chicago)
∆ James Herndon: Jack Spicer and the art of Fran Herndon
∆ Kevin Killian and Lewis Ellingham: excerpt from «Poet Be Like God»
∆ Anya Lewin: ‘Things do not connect; they correspond’
∆ Laura Moriarty’s poem ‘Spicer’s City’
∆ Kristin Prevallet: Jack Spicer’s Hell in ‘Homage to Creeley’
∆ Linda Russo: Joanne Kyger and the San Francisco Renaissance, 1957-65
∆ Rob Wilson: Tracking Jack Spicer: The “Afterlife” of a US Counter-Poetics
∆ Timeline: Historical events and the writings of Jack Spicer

Kenward Elmslie
Kenward Elmslie

A Rich Brew of Other Items:

∆ Elaine Equi — Unspeakable Ambitions


∆ Alice Notley on Kenward Elmslie, ∆ Andrew Joron on Peter Gizzi, ∆ Dale Smith on Lewis MacAdams, ∆ Juliana Spahr on Bernadette Mayer’s book Sonnets, ∆ Tom Clark on Philip Whalen’s «Overtime — Selected Poems» — ‘While Kerouac heads out, Whalen tends to circle around slowly and return to certain obsessive themes and rhythms. His formal universe, as he advises John Cage in the poem quoted above, is not really unbounded space, but, like a tuned piano’s, a “closed system”.’

Philip Whalen, 1960s
Philip Whalen, 1960s


∆ John Kinsella and Rod Mengham — an Introduction to the poetry of J.H.Prynne
∆ Leslie Scalapino — Secret Occurrence
∆ Garrie Hutchinson — on Australian painter Arthur Boyd
∆ Libbie Rifkin on Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer and the Gender of an Avant-Garde Institution — ‘Of the last years of Black Mountain College, for instance, Martin Duberman has noted that “the hierarchy could be as rigidly exclusive, as impassable to the uninitiated — and more male chauvinist — than anything found on a traditional university campus”.’


by ∆ Hazel Smith [prose poem], ∆ David Baratier, ∆ Gabriel Gudding, ∆ Joel Lewis, ∆ Stephen Oliver, ∆ Leslie Scalapino, ∆ Brian Kim Stefans, ∆ Rob Wilson

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