The Tower of Babel
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The Tower of Babel

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Fiction. An established writer from an Eastern college returning to his former San Francisco haunts becomes entangled in a labyrinthine series of events that culminate in the sudden violent death of a respected poet. Described by Lewis Ellingham and Kevin Killian as "a satiric look at the private world of poetry gone public in the wake of the Six Gallery HOWL reading of Oc...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Talisman House Publishers
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Chris Schaeffer
Spicer's attempt at a novel is, appropriately, cryptic, furious, and bitchy. His prose is actually pretty great-- he learned a lot from the stacks of pulp novels he kept around, I guess, and its a bizarrely elegant incorporation of all of his metaphysical fixations into a kind of sort of detective story (nobody really commits a crime until about 80% of the way through).
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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...more
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