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Robert Duncan in San Francisco

Author: Michael Rumaker
Publisher: San Francisco : Grey Fox Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Michael Rumaker centers his memoir in 1957 San Francisco, where many fellow Black Mountain students are migrating since the close of the College. Allen Ginsberg, after the notorious readings of his poem HOWL in 1956, has departed for Tangier, but the young Beats are invading North Beach and a dope scene is blooming. The Place is where the poets and painters hang out and Jack Spicer directs the Blabbermouth nights.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Robert Duncan; Michael Rumaker; Robert Duncan; Michael Rumaker; Robert Edward Duncan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Rumaker
ISBN: 0912516135 9780912516134
OCLC Number: 35008265
Notes: "An earlier version ... was published by Robert Bertholf in Credences 5/6 (March 1978)"--Title page verso.
Description: 81 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Michael Rumaker.

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Michael Rumaker centers his memoir in 1957 San Francisco, where many fellow Black Mountain students are migrating since the close of the College. Allen Ginsberg, after the notorious readings of his poem HOWL in 1956, has departed for Tangier, but the young Beats are invading North Beach and a dope scene is blooming. The Place is where the poets and painters hang out and Jack Spicer directs the Blabbermouth nights. This is the summer of the famous HOWL trial where Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Shigeyoshi Murao, of City Lights, are prosecuted for selling Allen Ginsberg's book. Meanwhile the police are stepping up their hassling of hippies on upper Grant Avenue and arresting gays on Polk Street. Rumaker positions his in-depth, eloquent portrait of Robert Duncan against this turbulent city background, and contrasts Robert's open gay life as a poet with his own painful covert sexuality.

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