Poetry. For decades, Joanne Kyger has played a crucial role in California's poetry scene. Her poetry has been influenced by her studies in Zen Buddhism and her connection to the poets of Black Mountain, the San Francisco Renaissance, and the Beat Generation. Ron Silliman describes Kyger's poetry as a point of convergence for all "post-avant" literary tendencies the later half of the 20th Century: "You can hear her influence everywhere, from Naropa, to the later generations of the New York School, to Language poetry. Get a fix on Joanne Kyger and a half century of American poetry suddenly comes clearly into focus." This latest collection may serve as the definitive one, highlighting an excellent sampling of her work.
John Herbert Cunningham @ Galatea Resurrects
One of the major poets of the Beat Generation, Joanne Kyger was born in 1934. In 1960, she traveled to Japan to be with her then-husband Gary Snyder. In 1962 they traveled to India, where, along with Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, they met the Dalai Lama. In 1969, she settled on the coast north of San Francisco, where she continues to reside today. She has published over 30 books of poetry and prose, including ABOUT NOW: COLLECTED POEMS (National Poetry Foundation, 2007).Author City: San Francisco, CA USA