Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:00 P.M.
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Bill Berkson & Richard Moore
Readings and discussion with Bill Berkson and Richard O. Moore celebrating the re-release of Poems Retrieved published by City Lights/Grey Fox Originally published under Donald Allen's classic Grey Fox Press imprint, Poems Retrieved is a substantial part of Frank O'Hara's oeuvre, containing over 200 pages of previously unpublished poetry discovered after the publication of his posthumous Collected Poems in 1971.
Featuring a new introduction by O'Hara expert and friend, poet and art critic Bill Berkson, Poems Retrieved has been completely reformatted and is essential for any reader of twentieth century poetry. As Berkson writes, "The breadth of what Frank O'Hara took to be poetry is reflected in the many kinds of poems he wrote. . . . Turning the pages of any of his collections, you wonder what he didn't turn his hand to, what variety of poem he left untried or didn't, in some cases, as if in passing, anticipate." Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who has been active in the art and literary worlds for decades. He has written for numerous periodicals including ARTnews, Artforum and Art in America, has served as a guest editor at the Museum of Modern Art, co-produced a program on art for public television, and taught writing workshops at the New School for Social Research and Yale University, as well as literature and art history at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he is now professor emeritus. He is the author of some twenty collections and pamphlets of poetry, including the recent Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems and Repeat After Me.
Richard O. Moore is a poet whose work is closely associated with the San Francisco Renaissance and Kenneth Rexroth. U.C. Berkeley Press has published a collection of his poetry spanning from 1946 to 2008. He had a long career in broadcasting prior to committing himself fulltime to poetry. Moore was one of the founders of KPFA Radio and also produced programs for public television, including "Poetry: USA," which featured an extraordinary segment of O'Hara reading his poems and collaborating on a film project with Alfred Leslie.
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