Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. California Interest. PRESERVING FIRE recounts the life and thought of Surrealist, Beat Generation, and San Francisco Renaissance poet Philip Lamantia through his fugitive prose works. Ranging from poetry to politics to mythology to dance, from manifestos to travelogues to wartime declarations of conscientious objection, these writings offer a dynamic picture of Lamantia's multifaceted intellectual life and the artistic movements he helped shape.
Philip Lamantia (1927-2005) was an influential Surrealist, Beat, and San Francisco Renaissance poet. He is the author of many books, including PRESERVING FIRE, Erotic Poems, Touch of the Marvelous, Meadowlark West, TAU AND JOURNEY TO THE END, and The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia. Garrett Caples is the author of many books, most recently POWER BALLADS and RETRIEVALS. He is the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia and is an editor at City Lights Books, where he curates the Spotlight Poetry Series.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA