Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Introduction by Patrick James Dunagan. A transcribed conversation between two prolific American poets. Swapping personal stories and anecdotes, Coolidge and Cherkovski offer insight into a wide range of topics including: the New York School, the San Francisco poetry scene of the 60s/70s/80s, the Language School, the Vancouver Poetry Conference, the Berkeley Poetry Conference, David Meltzer, Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, Charles Olson, Gertrude Stein, Philip Whalen, Charles Bukowski, Bernadette Mayer, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston and more. Includes lengthy appendices where each poet presents some thoughts on poetics and their approaches to writing poems.
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Clark Coolidge is the author of more than forty books, including Space, Solution Passage, The Crystal Text, At Egypt, NOW IT'S JAZZ: WRITINGS ON KEROUAC & THE SOUNDS (Living Batch Press, 1999), The Act of Providence, 88 SONNETS (Fence Books, 2012), A BOOK BEGINNING WHAT AND ENDING AWAY (Fence Books, 2013), Poet and most recently COOLIDGE & CHERKOVSKI: IN CONVERSATION (Lithic Press, 2020). Currently he has returned to active drumming with Thurston Moore and the free jazz band Ouroboros.Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including COOLIDGE & CHERKOVSKI: IN CONVERSATION (Lithic Press, 2020), ELEGY FOR MY BEAT GENERATION (Lithic Press, 2017). He was the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets (with Charles Bukowski) and the critical memoir Whitman's Wild Children (1988). His papers are held at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. He has lived in San Francisco since 1974.Author City: USA