Internationally Renowned Poet
will read from his new book
Barbaric Vast & Wild:
An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry
from Origins to Present
Vast & Wild is a continuation and a possible culmination of the project that began with Jerome
Rothenberg's Technicians of the Sacred
in 1968 and led to the first four volumes of Poems for the Millennium in the 1990s and 2000s. In this new and equally groundbreaking volume, Rothenberg and John Bloomberg-Rissman have
assembled a wide-ranging gathering of poems and related language works, whose outside/outsider and subterranean/subversive
positions challenge some of the boundaries to where poetry has been or may be practiced, as well as the form and substance
of the poetry itself. Barbaric Vast & Wild brings together on a global and historical scale - from
the paleolithic caves to the immediate present - works from the hieratic and sacred to the mundane and the radically transgressive
and politically subversive. The range here is enormous: Egyptian pyramid texts, biblical prophecies, pre-Socratic poet-philosophers,
Buddhist wanderers and "divine madmen," along with poems and related language works from dialects and "nation languages,"
thieves' cants and other argots or vernaculars, working class and lumpen poetries, popular and newspaper poetry, sermons and
rants, glossolalia and glossographia, slogans, graffiti, and the "art of the insane" (Art Brut) that marked the early turning
of avant-garde artists and poets to the idea of an "outside" poetry and art.
Jerome Rothenberg, UCSD Professor Emeritus, has served as Chair
of the Visual Arts Department and as director of the Literature Department's creative writing program. An internationally
renowned poet, performance artist, critic and scholar, his work reverberates well beyond conventional and somewhat arbitrary
categories. His books, booklets and pamphlets
of poetry have been translated into French, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, German, Polish, Swedish and Portuguese. In addition,
he has assembled, edited, and annotated many enormously germinal anthologies of experimental and traditional poetry and performance,
beginning with Technicians of the Sacred
in 1968, and has been a leading voice in the approach to creative work and mind that he named "ethnopoetics." He has also
acted as editor and co-editor of several notably influential magazines including Some/Thing, Alcheringa, and New Wilderness Letter, and
has appeared as a performance poet and artist at many of the most distinguished venues in North and South America and Europe. Rothenberg's poetic work, Poland/1931, has been staged by the Living Theater in New York, and several of his soundplays have been produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Germany.
will read from his new book
will read from his new book
New and Selected Poems,
Saturday, May 9th, 7pm
David Shaddock’s poems have
appeared in such journals as Tikkun and Mother Jones.by Rabbi Arthur Waskow; and Dreams Are Another Set of Muscles,
with an introduction by Denise Levertov. His play In A Company of Seekers was performed at the 2012 Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. He holds a PhD
in psychoanalytic research from Middlesex University, London, and is also the author of two nonfiction books on relationships
and couples therapy. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Oakland
and lives with his family in Berkeley.
is the Poet Laureate of San Diego. His many books include Crossing Borders; Lurid Confessions; The Dumbbell Nebula; In
the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop; The First Noble Truth; and The Maverick Poets.
With great regret we are saddened to announce that our dear friend Steve Kowit passed away on 2 April. David Shaddock will
appear on 9 May as scheduled above, as it was Steve Kowit's wish that they read on that day. Thus anyone who wishes to
read from Kowit's work that evening is welcome to do so. But we will also host a Steve Kowit Memorial Reading in the future,
to be announced later. Mary Kowit is now reading the proofs of Steve's forthcoming book Cherish: New and Selected Poems.
When it is published, Steve's friends and students will be invited to read from that book.
Noted surf historian
discusses his new book
California Surf Music, 1960-1966 features seldom seen archival photographs that illustrate the early
history of this unique musical style. Dick Dale & the Del-Tones began holding weekend dances at the Rendezvous Ballroom
in Balboa, California, in the summer of 1960. Over the next year and a half, Dale developed the sound and style that came
to be known as “surf music.” The result was the development of more powerful guitar amplifiers, a dramatic increase
in the sales of Fender guitars and amplifiers, and a shift from New York to West Coast recording studios. More and more people were drawn
to the sport of surfing, which became an important part of teen beach culture at the time. Even landlocked teenagers were
captured by the moment, carrying surfboards atop their woodies in Phoenix or bleaching their hair blonde in St. Paul. For hundreds of thousands of kids, though, the attraction was not the connection to
surfing; it was the connection to the music pioneered by Dick Dale.
John Blair is a writer, producer, and guitarist who has made significant contributions to the
history of surf music. He has written several books, dozens of magazine articles, and provided liner notes for many retrospective
surf music compilation recordings.
Previous Events at D.G.Wills Books
Director Oliver Stone
Historian and Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert
Vogue magazine photo of Francoise Gilot
at the original store
Nobel Laureate Gerald Edelman, Director of the Neurosciences
Institute, with U.C. Berkeley philosopher John Searle with Mrs. Searle
Nobel Laureate Manfred Eigen
Noted editor Robert Weil, editing a Patricia
Highsmith manuscript for W.W. Norton & Co.