Poetry. Art. California Interest. Limited Edition. THE GATE is a 20-page essay in open form or a poem as essay, as described in an introductory paragraph that lays out the historical and philosophical scene on the San Francisco waterfront where this work was developed. The Gate is an exploration into the origin, evolution, organization and development of Language. Unfolding like a sea voyage on a ship of words, the poem does not linearly display the history of written language as much as become that History. It is a serpent ride in ancient waters, ceaselessly seeking the island of wild logos! This is writing in the Open Field in the tradition of Jack's great mentors, Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, and Walt Whitman. It is SUNG THOUGHT. Reading it out loud, THE GATE is an invigoration, a verbal workout, a hard trip up the mountain where it all began. It is a continuation of a philosophical discussion Jack has conducted his entire life. It is a poem of Hope with a capitol H. It's a whale of a good time.
Jack Mueller (1942-2017) was a well known poet among poets, long active in the legendary North Beach, San Francisco, poetry scene, as well as in New Orleans and across the Western Slope of Colorado. He was a literary icon, educator, organizer, ocean sailor, mountain climber, poet and cultural leader in the arts. In the 70's, 80's and 90's, Mueller gained a reputation among the post-Beat poets in the Bay Area literary scene with his readings and cultural performances. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, renowned poet and co-founder of the landmark City Lights Bookstore, said, "Jack Mueller is the biggest-hearted poet I have ever known."Author City: FRUITA, CO USA