[New-Poetry] remembering Kunitz
junction at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 29 12:24:23 EST 2010
Poewts House is a wonder. He also left it some
wonderful artwork, including a few Gustons.
At 10:41 AM 11/29/2010, you wrote:
>Kunitz founded Poets House--
>Founded in 1985 by poet
>Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray,
>Poets House has created a home for all who read
>and write poetry. From 1990 to 2007 that home
>was located in an intimate loft at 72 Spring
>Street in Soho. As rent increases began to make
>Soho an impractical location, Poets House was
>fortunate to be designated by the Battery Park
>City Authority as a rent-free tenant in a new
>building on the banks of the Hudson River. In
>the summer of 2009, Poets House moved to its
>permanent home at
>Terrace in Battery Park City and opened to the public on September 25, 2009.
>Throughout its transformations, the heart of
>Poets House has remained its poetry
>With over 50,000 volumes of poetryincluding
>books, journals, chapbooks, audio and videoo
>tapes, and digital mediaour collection is among
>the most comprehhensive, open-access collections
>of poetry in the United States and is the
>foundation for all our programs and services.
>Perhaps some of that 'other material' has
>slipped into its collection over time.
>Kunitz wrote some good poems. He helped a lot of
>poets over his long career. He was certainly
>mainstream. And connected to establishment. (He
>was judge of Yale Younger Poets Series for many years.)
>Compared to someone like Anthony Hecht, say,
>Gerald Stern is a 'wildman' of poetry. Compared
>to Bukowski, not so much. James Tate is wild in
>a completely different way than Stern. So it's
>all a matter of context, and range within that context.
>I spent 4 hours with Kunitz once, on a drive up
>from NYC to a CT reading, and stopping for lunch
>at Peruvian restaurant in Danbury. (His taste in
>food was not too narrow.) From our free-wheeling
>conversation (I was driving carefully), I'd say
>he knew more than his share about poetry. And I
>felt I was only scratching the surface, and doing so rather late in his life.
>Who is the mythical literary figure who manages
>to know all poets/poetries (all the compass
>points), is well-versed in all schools and
>sub-genres, and who loves, reads, and promotes
>them all with equal gusto? I don't know that person. Is he/she is on this list?
>From: Mark Weiss <junction at earthlink.net>
>To: NewPoetry List <new-poetry at wiz.cath.vt.edu>
>Sent: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 8:56 am
>Subject: Re: [New-Poetry] remembering Kunitz
>I knew him slightly, and many of my friends knew
>him a lot better than that. Take my word for it.
>At 06:12 AM 11/29/2010, you wrote:
>>On 11/28/2010 11:54 PM, Mark Weiss wrote:
>>>He was also well aware of the poetry he chose
>>>not to acknowledge. As was his right.
>>How do we know that? If his remark about Stern
>>was about Stern as a poet, he certainly wasn't
>>aware of very much of the poetry continuum.
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New from Chax Press: Mark Weiss, As Landscape.
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"What a beautiful set of circumstances! What a
lovely concatenation of particulars. Here is the
poet alive in every sense of the word, and
through every one of his senses. Instead of
missing a beat or a part, Weiss fragments are
like Chekhovs short storiesthe more that gets
left out, the more they seem to contain
hear echoes from all the various
ancestors...[but] the voice, at its center, its
core, is pure Mark Weiss. His use of the fragment
is both elegant and bafflingly clear, a pure
[it] opens a window, not only
into a mind, but a person, a personality, this
human figure at the emotional center of the poem."
M.G. Stephens, in Jacket.
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