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66 pages
Published 1965 by White Rabbit Press
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Oct 22, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
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Language is composed of seven parts: "Thing Language", "Love Poems", "Intermission", "Transformation", "Morphemics", "Phonemics", and "Graphemics".

"Thing Language"...
This ocean, humiliating in its disguises
Tougher than anything.
No one listens to poetry. The ocean
Does not mean to be listened to. A drop
Or crash of water. It means
Is bread and butter
Pepper and salt. The death
That young men hope for. Aimlessly
It pounds the shore. White and aimless signals. No
One listens to poetry.


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I feel like Spicer just has an undeniable appeal to him. Unlike a lot of poets of his time, you don't need to know things to get him, and he has this playful way of getting deep. He'll throw in references to high art and low art, in the same context, which is where it becomes a more knowledge-based endeavor. But I mean, he'll write about Homer and then go on about's got charm and tact to it!
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May 03, 2012 Chris Schaeffer rated it it was amazing
I'm going to date Jack Spicer in the afterworld.
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Jack Spicer (January 30, 1925 - August 17, 1965) was an American poet often identified with the San Francisco Renaissance. In 2009, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer won the American Book Award for poetry.

Spicer was born in Los Angeles, where he later graduated from Fairfax High School in 1942, and attended the University of Redlands from 1943-45. He spent most of h
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