The Ancient Rain
The Ancient Rain
Poems, 1956-1978


Bob Kaufman


(Photo of Bob Kaufman by Ira Nowinski, 1980)

Bob Kaufman was born in New Orleans in 1925 and spent the 1940s in the Merchant Ma­rine. After a brief period as a labor organizer, he lived a peripatetic existence before settling in San Francisco in the late '50s, where he pub­lished three poetry broadsides with City Lights Books. In 1959, with Allen Ginsberg and others, he co-founded the long-running magazine Beatitude. Following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, he maintained a decade-long vow of silence, which he would periodically resume throughout his life. He published two books during the 1960s, Soli­tudes Crowded with Loneliness and Golden Sar­dine, and a third book, The Ancient Rain, in 1981. He died in San Francisco in 1986. He is considered by many to be the finest jazz poet of his generation.


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Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman, Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell
Collected for the first time, the complete surviving works of a major African-American Beat Surrealist poet. ––Recommended by Paul Yamazaki, head book buyer, City Lights Bookstore



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Cranial Guitar
Bob Kaufman
At the forefront of the Beat movement, Kaufman was active (except for a decade long self-imposed interval of silence) on the poetry scenes of San Francisco’s North Beach and New York’s Lower East Side and Village from the 1950s through the 1980s...



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Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness
Bob Kaufman
Poems and prose. Contains odes to Charles Mingus, Hart Crane, Albert Camus, and other alienated outsiders.