Friday, July 15, 2011

July 16: David Meltzer

Please join Poet as Radio tomorrow morning at 9am on for Marina Lazzara & friends' interview with poet and musician David Meltzer! David Meltzer (born February 17, 1937) is an American poet and musician of the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians."

In this interview (the first of two parts) he traces his own biography back to his childhood in New York where he was exposed to and enthralled by the giants of early bebop.

David Meltzer's most recent collections of poetry includeDavid's Copy: Selected Poetry (Penguin Poets) and When I Was a Poet (Pocket Poets series #60; City Lights Books. Among the anthologies and interview collections Meltzer has edited are San Francisco Beat: Talking With The Poets (City Lights Books); Reading Jazz and Writing Jazz (Mercury House); The Secret Garden: The Classical Kabbalah (Station Hill Press). As a musician/songwriter, these recordings are available with diligent searching: The Serpent Power (Vanguard), Poet Song (Vanguard). His late '60s agit-smut trilogy, The Agency, is available on remainder tables on-line.

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