Poetry on a Monday: David Meltzer

essex houseDavid Meltzer writes agit-smut dime store novels! Reads wild poetry! Makes music for hungry ears!

Wallace Berman, Artie Richer, David Meltzer and Bob Alexander with a sculpture by Wally Hedrick, 1957 / Charles Brittin, photographer. Wallace Berman papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Course begins Mon. July 21 – registration through Sat. July 26, 2014
San Francisco Renaissance/Beat Poet David Meltzer will offer a series of talks exploring some of the basic mysteries of poetry & poetics. Poetry, like all mysteries, begins somewhere. It would seem most poets & readers would want to know the roots of their practice. This ten-week course will give you a rich background to consider & enrich your connection with the depth of poetry’s lineage through time & technologies.  Topics will range from poetry’s roots in oral culture, the invention/ mythologies of writing systems, divination, the prophetic, and Kabbalah, to the possibility & impossibility of language, and are designed for people who are interested in reading and/or writing poetry. Each class will offer keywords for participants to respond to in 1-2 page poems that will be discussed with each individual via email. To register, visit Writers.com. The course description can be found at: http://www.writers.com/meltzer.html . For more info email:   [email protected] or visit David’s website at:   www.meltzerville.com.  Two-Way Mirror, David Meltzer’s seminar textbook, will be available for $20 + $5 shipping; inquire about shipping rates outside the USA.
David Meltzer is the author of more than forty books of poetry and prose. Titles include David’s Copy: Selected Poems    (Penguin Poets) and When I was a Poet  (City Lights Pocket Poets # 60.) He’s also edited various anthologies including San Francisco Beat: Talking With The Poets, (City Lights), Writing Jazz (Mercury House), and The Secret Garden: Anthology of the Classical Kabbalah  (Station Hill). During the 1960’s he was the singer/songwriter for the San Francisco based psychedelic rock band, The Serpent Power. He taught at San Francisco State College, The Urban School of San Francisco, Vacaville State Prison in California, and at New College of California in San Francisco for over 30 years, both in undergraduate Humanities & Graduate Poetics. In 2011 Meltzer was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry; he also received the San Francisco Bay Guardian 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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