Wednesday, March 18

San Francisco Renaissance

Robin Blaser
Wikipedia - "The term San Francisco Renaissance is used as a global designation for a range of poetic activity centered on San Francisco and which brought it to prominence as a hub of the American poetic avant-garde. However, others (e.g., Alan Watts, Ralph J. Gleason) felt this renaissance was a broader phenomenon and should be seen as also encompassing visual and performing arts, philosophy, cross-cultural interests (particularly those that involved Asian cultures), and new social sensibilities. ... He was amongst the first American poets to explore Japanese poetry traditions such as haiku and was also heavily influenced by jazz. If Rexroth was the founding father, Madeline Gleason was the founding mother. During the 1940s, both she and Rexroth befriended a group of younger Berkeley poets consisting of Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer and Robin Blaser. Gleason and Duncan were particularly close and read and criticized each other's work."
The Beats: San Francisco
The Blacklisted Journalist
Howls, Raps & Roars: Recordings from the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance (Video)
Rexroth’s San Francisco (1975)
Reality Studio: Ten San Francisco Poets
amazon: The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century
Poetry Center Digital Archive, (Video)