A friendship in beautiful letters and cards between two of the finest California poets of the last 50 years.
Letters and cards back and forth between two poets, two friends, including the presence and sharing of poems and thoughts about life, poetry, art, and more. It just happens that the two individuals are two of the finest American poets of the last 50 years. Stunning document of being and of sharing.
Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Hybrid. Collaboration.
Stephen Ratcliffe is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including PAINTING (Chax 2014) and SELECTED DAYS (Counterpath 2012), which won the Poetry Center Book Award. He has also written three books of literary criticism. His ongoing series of five 1,000-page books written in 1,000 consecutive days is available from Editions Eclipse, and his daily poems and photographs are available at Temporality (stephenratcliffe.blogspot.com). He lives in Bolinas, California.
Barbara Guest (1920-2006) published over twenty volumes of poetry and earned numerous awards, including the Robert Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Society of America. Her writing career began in New York, but the last couple of decades of her life were spent in Berkeley, California, where she became friends with many West Coast poets, including Stephen Ratcliffe. Barbara Guest write poetry, essays, art criticism, and plays. Her collages appeared on the covers of several of her books of poetry. She was also well known for her biography of the poet H.D., Herself Defined: The Poet H.D. and Her World (1984). Her Collected Poems, edited by Hadley Haden Guest, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2008.