Event: Gary Snyder’s Coming to Town

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, July 12 at 6pm, Gary Snyder and friends will pay tribute to Beat icon Lew Welch on the occasion of the release of a new edition of his pivotal work, Ring of Bone.

Lew Welch was a brilliant poet, legendary among his Beat peers. He disappeared in 1971, leaving a suicide note behind. Ring of Bone collects poems, songs, and even a few drawings, documenting the full sweep of his creative output, from his early years until just before his death.

Welch entered Reed College in 1948, and the following year moved into a house with Gary Snyder; they were soon joined by Philip Whalen. With the emergence of the Beat movement, Welch’s friends began receiving national attention and his desire to devote himself completely to his poetry was galvanized. He soon became a part of the San Francisco poetry scene.

In addition, Joanne Kyger, whose powerful poetic life started in the company of Snyder, Welch, and Whalen, and Tom Killion, who long studied Lew’s life and works, and a few surprise guests will pay tribute. This event will take place at the San Francisco Public Library in the Koret Auditorium, located at 100 Larkin Street.


The headline said:

	Nixon Stoned in Peru

Eisenhower said:

	This is a time for greatness

And the Daughters of the Easter Star had a slogan:

	Walk with your face toward the sun
	Let the shadows fall behind

A St. Louis car dealer said:

	Nothin’ about this recession couldn’t be cured
	By the sale of 2 million automobiles

A sign in Chicago buses said:

	Every day 11,000 babies are born in America.
	This means
	New business
	New jobs
	New opportunities

A poster on the mail trucks said: 

	Be fully informed, read a magazine.

They cancelled our postage stamps with:

	Pray for Peace

And Birdy Tebbitts, manager of Cincinnati Redlegs, said:

	Fear of a bat
	Fear of getting spiked
	Fear of the crowd
	I don’t care who they are
	All ballplayers
	Are afraid.

--Lew Welch

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