Tau by Philip Lamantia and Journey to the End by John Hoffman
Pocket Poets Number 59
Edited by Garrett Caples
Notes by Garrett Caples
Preserved Work: The Philip Lamantia Papers
-Garret Caples, Bancroftiana
"To some, Philip Lamantia (1927-2005) needs no introduction, but to others he may. Let it suffice to say that the San Francisco-born surrealist was one of the most significant American poets of the latter half of the 20th
century, participating in the San Francisco Renaissance and associating with the Beats, though remaining aloof from their aesthetic[...]
Among [the] hidden gems [of the Philip Lamantia Bancroft papers] was one complete manuscript, Tau, announced for publication by Bern Porter in 1955 but withdrawn by the poet because of his evolving religious beliefs. By all rights, Tau should have been his second book, and I later had the pleasure of editing it for publication as # 59 of the City Lights Pocket Poets series (2008)."
Nov 1, 2009
Rediscovering Philip Lamantia
"An upcoming article will feature Tau by Philip Lamantia and Journey to the End by John Hoffman (City Lights, 138 pages, $12.95), the latest -- and 59th -- volume in City Lights' Pocket Poets Series, edited by poet, hip-hop devotee and Guardian contributor Garrett Caples."
-Johnny Ray Huston, SFBG Arts and Culture Blog
May 23, 2008
Two long-lost volumes from the classic Beat period.
-The Beat Studies Association
Apr 1, 2008
Ferlinghetti's 'Coney Island' poems celebrated at 50
"'The world is a beautiful place / to be born into,' writes Lawrence Ferlinghetti, author of A Coney Island of the Mind, the witty, engaging, yet often disturbing little book of poems that now has been in print for 50 years."
-William Lawlor, The Capital Times
Apr 24, 2008