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One of the most respected poets of the Beat and San Francisco Renaissance periods, David Meltzer has kept alive interest in the interface between jazz and poetry that exploded in the 1950s. This new edition of selected poems includes previously unpublished material and serves as a map to this very prolific and interesting poet.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Penguin Books
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Jul 25, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Now for Instance the Idiot


Now for instance the idiot
who watches through the slit eye
and tilted head

a mouth that smiles without a sense of humour
watch him watching you
and know that he sees you

without smiling

* * *

Vision


The heart sees
what the mind sees
what the eyes see

differently

* * *

Revelation


It comes to this:
my teacup filled with steaming green tea.
Basho sits beside me with ohashi,
waiting for Reiko to bring out
the Nikku Nabe, the sake, some Kirin Beer.

The haiku will come later.
After dinner &
a
...more
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Aug 20, 2010 Erik rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I highly recommend seeking out one of David's readings for anyone in the Bay Area. He's a charmer. I've always been pulled to writers with an affinity for music. I've found none with a greater affinity than Meltzer, raised by a harpist and a 'cellist and a musician himself in the hazy 70's. The excerpt here from No Eyes, a book-length piece for tenorman Lester Young, is a personal favorite.
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David Meltzer is a poet associated with both the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance. A pioneer of jazz poetry readings, Meltzer also formed a psychedelic folk-rock group. He continues to perform with the music and poetry review, "Rockpile." He has edited many anthologies, including San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets (City Lights, 2001), and has published 11 erotic novels. He ...more
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