The Grand Piano Part 3
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Poetry. Cultural Writing. Memoir. THE GRAND PIANO 3 continues the experiment in collective autobiography begun over email by ten poets identified with Language poetry, who sought to reconnect their writing practicesand to "recall and contextualize events from the period of the late 1970s." When completed, THE GRAND PIANO will comprise ten parts, in each of which the ten au...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Mode A (This Press)
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This "experiment in collective autobiography" catches the Language group graying at the temples and reflecting on their historic moment: the downslope of the '70s in a San Francisco that still enjoyed "low cost of living, available marginal employment, free play of alternative organizing principles." (Kit Robinson)

The "alternative organizing principle" here--10 contributors over a projected 10 volumes; authors identified by block initials; one memoirist occasionally responding to another--feels...more
Andrew Maxwell
Ara Shirinyan lent me the first two books this week, and I read 'em through. For feel, it seemed almost a companion to HBO's "In Treatment": addictive, ponderous, exhausting, by turns inspired or rote, compelling or repellent. There's a lot of "analysis as play", which might aid the comparison. Some like Silliman opt for straight memoir, while Harryman and Perelman improvise actively. Hejinian always seems to ask the right and proper questions. It's easy to admire the sustained clarity (and, yes...more
Any time I write about a book of poems, I’ve read it at least twice to give it time to sink in. This book fits into that category.

And interesting and beautiful book. Writers who once lived around SF and were associated with Language Poetry write about who they were/are, what they read, what they argued about, what has/hasn’t changed.

A bit like my afghan, The Grand Piano has 10 parts. Each has all 10 writers in a different order.
David Highsmith sold me the first 4 editions...i didn't know David Highsmith was David Highsmith at the time. you should visit David Highsmith at Book & Bookshelves in SF...i'd recomend buying The Grand Piano series (to date) from him and admiring his amazing poetry room, one of the biggest small press secrets (so sad) of the Bay Area.
Beginning my journey down the Language Poets' memory lane.
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