Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. Memoir. Carla Harryman, Kit Robinson, Tom Mandel, Barrett Watten, Rae Armantrout, Ted Pearson,Lyn Hejinian, Bob Perelman, Ron Silliman, and Steve Benson. The fourth installment of the Grand Piano "experiment in collective autobiography" includes an extensive chronology of "Selected Readings, Talks, and Events Concurrent with the Grand Piano Series, 1976-80." In the rest of the book, the ten writers continue their reminiscences of that period, often in dialogue with other pieces. Ideas of "everyday life," Debord's understanding of "drift," utopia, and those specific talks, readings and events of Bay Area 1970s Language poetry are just some of the running motifs in this issue, interwoven with wider reflections on what this particular community of poets meant then or means now.
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THE GRAND PIANO is an experiment in collective autobiography by ten writers identified with the rise of Language poetry in San Francisco—Rae Armantrout, Steve Benson, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Tom Mandel, Ted Pearson, Bob Perelman, Kit Robinson, Ron Silliman, and Barrett Watten. The eleventh pianist, Alan Bernheimer, takes the lead in organizing documentation for the books. THE GRAND PIANO takes its name from a coffeehouse at 1607 Haight Street in San Francisco where from 1976 to 1979 several of writers programmed and coordinated—and all of them participated in a weekly reading and performance series. The project focuses on the 1970s when they first met and collaborated. Yet the volumes engage issues beyond that time, and the project adheres to no prescribed set of themes.Author City: USA