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.
YOU CAN’T BURLESQUE IT ANYMORE 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