When I Was a Poet

When I Was a Poet
Pocket Poets Number 60




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KUSF In Exile 07.16.11 9-10 AM Poet As Radio

Listen to the first part of David Meltzer's interview at Poet as Radio.

-Nicholas Leaskou and Jay Thomas, Poet as Radio Jul 16, 2011

DAVID MELTZER: the vintage appendage

"[Meltzer's] reading was incredible. A classy and animated reader, he seemed to be continually grinning, nodding, and gesturing with his hands. Watching him, I understood what it was to read one's work with utter familiarity. It was like he was simply showing us another tangible part of him, his hand or his arm, something he had grown with over time, something he understood the function of."

-Nicole McFeely, Litseen Jun 29, 2011

David Meltzer reads from When I Was a Poet

"Accompanied by a reading from his creative partner, Julie Rogers, David Meltzer read at City Lights on June 24th, 2011 from his new collection of poetry, When I Was A Poet. A dual milestone in City Lights history, When I Was a Poet is volume 60 of the Pocket Poets Series as well as our first book of poems by this renowned Beat author."

-City Lights Jun 24, 2011

June's Literary Events

"Let's just take one stanza from one poem in David Meltzer's When I Was a Poet (City Lights, $11), the just-published 60th installment of City Lights' longstanding Pocket Poets series of paperbacks. It's from the title poem, and it goes like this: 'When I was a Poet/Everything was Possible/there wasn't Anything/that wasn't Poetry.' If the past tense there seems a little wistful, bear in mind that it's from the first poem in the first part of a six-part book (and that part five is called 'Poems'). For Meltzer, even reminiscence is a way of charging ever forward."

-Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly Jun 1, 2011

The Maestro: David Meltzer, Part II

"As a poet born of typewriter and pen, David's an unconventional computer user; instead of individual poems, each of his files is like a vast notebook for work in a particular vein, sometimes running to hundreds of pages."

-Garrett Caples, The Poetry Foundation May 31, 2011

The Maestro: David Meltzer, Part I

"A short long poem—the best kind—'When I Was a Poet' has that easy virtuosity born of a lifetime pursuing said occupation."

-Garrett Caples, The Poetry Foundation May 24, 2011