Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. Memoir. Ron Silliman, Steve Benson, Bob Perelman, Kit Robinson, Barrett Watten, Lyn Hejinian, Carla Harryman, Rae Armantrout, Ted Pearson, and Tom Mandel. Number six in the ongoing series of collective autobiography, THE GRAND PIANO (PART SIX) continues to mark the events, movements and intersections among ten contributing 1970's Language poets. The series takes its name from a Haight Street coffee shop at which the poets used to read, and is primarily concerned with reconstructing the period when the contributors were at the forefront of radical poetics. "THE GRAND PIANO is itself a veering off and an investigation and a playing or experimenting with the materials of language, history, textuality, and temporality, the personal and political, poetry and community....There is an abundance to linger over in THE GRAND PIANO even as and perhaps because of the large gaps and contradictions"--Robin Tremblay-McGaw. Some of the many topics in part 6 include: poetry and the body, sexual preference, feminism (waves 1 and 2), Pereleman's "Talks" series, Poets Theater, performance, visual art, jazz, and Chicago's Bughouse Square.
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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