Sunday, January 26th – 7pm
The Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
A rich gathering of poets will celebrate the work of Bob Kaufman, collected in a new volume from City Lights Books, edited by Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye and Tate Swindell, with a forward by devorah major.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti said of Kaufman, “He was an original voice. No one else talked like him. No one else wrote poetry like him.”
Readers will include:
Kaufman’s importance as a key Beat Generation poet cannot be understated. His understanding of the post war world expressed through a surrealist and profoundly moral critical lens was unrivaled among his peers.
Read a recent New York Times review linked here of this important collection, drawn from Kaufman’s published books Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness, The Golden Sardine (now out of print), The Ancient Rain and the posthumous Cranial Guitar, and including poems discovered by the editors in personal collections and archives.
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
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