Sunday, 19 August 2007
Small press icons and a Hugh Fox broadside
This past week saw anniversaries of three of the small presses' most influential icons: Charles Bukowski (born 1920), Ed Sanders (born 1939) and Jack Spicer (died 1965). Also, today is the anniversary of the execution death of Federico Garcia Lorca.
Spicer translated some of Garcia Lorca's poems and a letter to him from Spicer on the art of translation may be found at the Spicer website at the University of Buffalo.
Ed Sanders, a founding member of the influential folk/poetry group the Fugs, has become known in recent years for his book-length historical poems, such as 1968: A History in Verse. There is an interesting interview with Ed posted online by Billy Bob Hargus that's worth a look see. One brilliant bit of short verse by him from Thirsting For Peace in a Raging Century: Selected Poems 1961-1985 follows:
Going back to my forest
through the suburbs
that are only thirty or
forty years old but
look eternal, a white-
man about sixty walks
out of one of the houses
he could be anyone.
As with all back issues of Lillie, this little ten slide broadside performance is available for $1.