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A Poetry Reading by Clark Coolidge

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 119 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

Clark Coolidge reads a number of his poems, many of which were unpublished at the time of this recording. Coolidge, was perhaps more than any other person, responsible for inspiring the entire experimental field of Language Poetry, which became popular among avant-garde, mostly American poets, during the 1960s and 70s. This type of poetry was partially inspired by the work of Gertrude Stein, John Cage, and others who sometimes used mathematical sequences and other aleatoric or logical constructs to organize their poetry or music. The work of the Language Poets often forced the audience to participate in the extraction or creation of meaning from the text, separate from the authors intent. This reading occurred in April or May of an undetermined year (but probably in the 1970s) at the home of Michael Palmer, 17 Beaver Street in San Francisco.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Stone ground -- Basil Rathbone’s Bathrobe -- The Lead Chamber -- Who Body [excerpts] -- Picturance(sp?) -- Tonto Lavoris
Genre:  Poetry
Subject:  Poetry
People:  Coolidge, Clark, 1939-
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Car starts -- [unidentified poems]
Genre:  Poetry
Subject:  Poetry
People:  Coolidge, Clark, 1939-
 
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