Tag Archives: David Meltzer

In Memoriam: David Meltzer (1937-2016)

[David Meltzer, left, with Lawrence Ferlinghetti; photo by Garrett Caples] As if 2016 needed to perpetrate one final outrage on our society, poet, musician, novelist, editor, anthologist, and all-around polymath David Meltzer died early in the morning on December 31, … Continue reading

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2015 National Poetry Month Playlist

National Poetry Month is this month. You now have permission to take an hour off of work today to listen to this poetry playlist featuring City Lights authors past and present. City Lights is publishing 3 poetry books in the … Continue reading

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When I Was a Poet: Life and Work of David Meltzer

If San Francisco poetry has its own Zelig, a figure who seems to pop up and blend in with all the scene’s different incarnations, then it must be David Meltzer, who turned 78 this past Tuesday. Meltzer moved to San Francisco from Los … Continue reading

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A Van Morrison Literary Playlist

by Alisha Casey One of our newest books features a collection of lyrics, both new and old, classic and rare, by one of the most influential lyricists and musicians of all time, Van Morrison. Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics by … Continue reading

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Benefit for David Meltzer, Sunday, November 9, 2014

by Garrett Caples As we recently posted, David Meltzer has just undergone an operation to remove a cancerous tumor from his liver. The operation was a success and his recovery so far has been excellent. Nonetheless, his medical expenses have … Continue reading

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New from City Lights Publishers: Lit Up Inside by Van Morrison

by Alisha Casey When Van Morrison approached City Lights to publish the U.S. edition of his Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics, it felt like a perfect match. As David Meltzer states in his foreword to the book, “Morrison’s aesthetic, his … Continue reading

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Poetry on a Monday: David Meltzer

David Meltzer writes agit-smut dime store novels! Reads wild poetry! Makes music for hungry ears! Join David Meltzer for BASIC MYSTERIES: THE ROOTS OF POETRY at WRITERS.COM Course begins Mon. July 21 – registration through Sat. July 26, 2014 San … Continue reading

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Two-Way Mirror: The Mysteries of Meltzer

by Garrett Caples At 75, David Meltzer has lost none of his curiosity about what makes poetry tick.  We’re sitting around his apartment talking poetry and oral tradition when he remarks, apropos calypso legend Mighty Sparrow: “Calypso is a form … Continue reading

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