Poetry. "Music is another of Coolidge's grammars, which is to say that music provides the rules--structure, the division of time, and the organization of pitch--that underpin the work. There are playful allusions and riffings: 'Monk that took the blues on upon the surpassing swing/ but doesn't understand when someone puts them back in a bag.' Jazz with Schoenburg & Cage inflections: 'The orange piano turns lemon to the players of trained values.' Witty and polysonic"--Susan Smith Nash.
Author of more than twenty books of poetry, Clark Coolidge has occupied a singular place in American letters since the mid-1960s. An unparalleled influence on the wider avant- garde—the Language Poets, the second and third generation New York School, and whole movements of visual artists, musicians, and linguists, Coolidge is from Providence, Rhode Island. Since 1997 he has lived in Petaluma, California.Author City: Petaluma, CA USA