By Philip Whalen

ISBN-10: 0819568597

ISBN-13: 9780819568595

Essentially the most path-breaking and creatively radical poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, Philip Whalen used to be a part of the 1955 Six Gallery studying the place the West Coast Beat stream famously started. operating along Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Jack Kerouac, Whalen built a conversational and visually unorthodox variety that's distinctive in modern poetry. His lifelong engagement with the impermanent and sensuous, matters deepened by way of his dedication to Zen Buddhism, are on wealthy demonstrate the following, together with his hot humor and unique illustrations. This Collected Poems rightfully areas Whalen one of the top-rated poets of his time, providing readers a really significant physique of yankee poetic paintings.

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He had the view that if there was no pleasure for reader and poet, there was no reason to do it. His poems in their play{ulness are sometimes jolly, gentle pinpricks as mock-ups of history in freewheeling rnenageries. The Collected is a vast terrain that's a clear, compassionate mind-revelation in which the reader can bask. Leslie Scolopino I xli PF]ILIP V/¡]ALE\I Three Desert Poems THE GREAT AMERICAN 2 DESERT SAGUARO Rock's memory of the sun warms desert nights Sand's recollection is shorter Soon cools to a cloudy mirror for stars Mice and lizards print fern patterns on the restless dunes.

Walking alone when weirdly enveloped In light out of air, surrounded by circular Marching of dodos, gross beaks and fat plumes And a concentric ring of great auks, penguin-marked All marching and singing Ho ho Antonio You'll be the last to know Tee hee Anthony Soon you'll be extinct as we Dead buried and forgotten only a dictionary definition Anthony replied My presence proves you wrong Somebody changed and I arn here Sorneone survived the Lisbon quake Noah's flood, Chicago's fire (Delenda est Carthago!

So Whalen plafully orders on the basis of sound (similarity/dissirniladty at once), condensing to be only view in history at once an observation on history. In sorne poems Whalen used the stmcture of the fugue, the fonn of which is variations returning to a theme that's a basis, his ilìeasuïe being invention that becomes a way of seeing the separation of (his/reader's) mind frorn events outside when'applied'in a stnrcture, the structure being his comparison of events from different periods chosen by their intuitively derived contlast or similarity (such as, again, the similarity of the sound of the language rather than the content).

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