Videos: Gary Snyder & Friends Celebrating Lew Welch’s “Ring of Bone”

Last month Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer, Peter Coyote, Jerry Martien, Steve Sanfield, Tom Killion, and Huey Lewis celebrated the release of the new edition of Ring of Bone, the pivotal work of Beat-era icon, and close friend of Snyder’s, Lew Welch. Many, many thanks to Litseen for documenting the evening!

Also check out photos from the evening and read an excerpt from the book.


Ring of Bone: Collected Poems (New & Expanded Edition) by Lew Welch, published June 2012 by City Lights.

“Music permeates his poems, which range from scored lyrics to epistolary correspondence to formal villanelles… This is a necessary read for anyone interested in the greater Beat movement and its progenitors.”Booklist

“Welch maps monstrous American cities and alienated American spaces… A postmodern Walt Whitman. . .”—San Francisco Chronicle

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