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 Imaginary elegy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
A vividly loquacious portrait of Jack Spicer, the self-deprecating, man-loving, tough-minded poet, mentor and drunk...
Nor is this Spicer's portrait alone, for it is equally the story of the gay, literary and bohemian cultures that flourished in the Bay Area in the first decades of the Cold War.
Although Spicer playfully referred to his sources as Martians, he was quite serious in urging poets to "lose" their egos and to dismiss their conscious designs upon poetry in favor of what otherwise "wants" to be written.
www.metrotimes.com /arts/lq/19/Winter/Poet.html   (978 words)

 Jack Spicer Criticism
Spicer taught a version of antinomianism which encouraged learning through opposition and confrontation….
The Holy Grail is the summation of Jack Spicer's explorations into perception-as-love; it is a complete phenomenology of purpose which culminates his attention to the poetic act in all his previous books.
It is part of his notion that poetry is necessary to the composition or knowledge of the "real" and this drew him into a combat for the context of p...
www.bookrags.com /criticisms/Jack_Spicer   (247 words)

 On Jack Spicer
Spicer’s poetry is most known by poets who are working in some one of the traditions known as avant garde or experimental— where it also shows signs of influence and generativity.
Although Spicer believed that poetry was necessarily an activity of the social rather than the individual, he didn't believe that poetry was destined to have wide social or political impact (at least within the present age).
Spicer was particularly taken with the detail that when Orpheus sang his songs, not just the people or the animals came to listen but the trees and rocks listened as well.
octopusmagazine.com /issue04/html/features/essays/on_jack_spicer.htm   (3742 words)

 Jack Spicer Summary
Jack Spicer was a San Francisco poet who rejected the traditional centers for poetry--academia and the established publishing houses, using the phrase "English Department" as a derogatory description for analytical approaches to poetry and having his own...
Jack Spicer was born on 30 January 1925 in Los Angeles, where his father managed a hotel.
Jack Spicer(January 30, 1925- August 17, 1965) was an American poet often identified with the San Francisco Renaissance.
www.bookrags.com /Jack_Spicer   (438 words)

 The Valve - A Literary Organ | An Advertisement for Jack Spicer
Spicer seems to derive pleasure in inserting or substituting one or two words which completely change the mood and often meaning of the poem as I had written it.
Spicer began sending them to me a few months ago, I recognized immediately the “programmatic letter"—the letter one poet writes another not in any effort to communicate with him, but rather as a young man whispers his secrets to a scarecrow, knowing that his young lady is in the distance listening.
Spicer was offering the Sporting News (from what I understand, he really did submit the poems to them) a new possibility, was showing them an untapped potential in their own publication.
www.thevalve.org /go/valve/article/an_advertisement_for_jack_spicer   (4270 words)

 Golem, Jack Spicer & Fran Herndon
Shortly afterwards she met Jack Spicer, Robin Blaser, Robert Duncan and Jess—the brilliant crew that had invented the Berkeley Renaissance ten years earlier, four artists now all working at the height of their poetic powers in a highly charged urban bohemia.
Spicer came to view this collaboration with the same fascination with which he viewed Dr. Rhine’s famous ESP experiments at Duke University, and he published Herndon’s lithographs in the Auerhahn edition of The Heads of the Town Up to the Aether, of which “Homage to Creeley” was the first part.
Spicer and Herndon draw on this complex legend to animate their conception of the athlete—and poet—as hero and monster, corpse and avenger.
www.granarybooks.com /books/spicer/spicer9.html   (569 words)

 glbtq >> literature >> Spicer, Jack
Spicer was born John Lester Spicer on January 30, 1925, in Hollywood, California, where his parents managed a small hotel.
Spicer's controversial theories of dictation metaphorically reduce the poet to a "radio," picking up signals from the "invisible world," and indeed he sometimes joked that his poetry was really written by "Martians." The personality of the poet, he argued, should be kept out of the poem as much as possible.
Spicer's relations with his gay contemporaries Allen Ginsberg and Frank O'Hara remained antagonistic: Ginsberg was too "populist"; O'Hara a superficial versifier.
www.glbtq.com /literature/spicer_j.html   (873 words)

 the biography of Jack Spicer - life story
This putative career was blighted by Spicer's refusal to sign the "Loyalty Oath," a provision of the Sloan-Levering Act that required all California state employees (including graduate teaching assistants at Berkeley) to swear loyalty to the United States.
His controversial theories of dictation metaphorically reduce him to a "radio," picking up signals from the "invisible world," and indeed he sometimes joked that his poetry was really written by "Martians." The personality of the poet, he argued, should be kept out of the poem as much as possible.
Indeed, Spicer quarreled with almost everyone he knew, and as he reached his thirties, his incipient alcoholism became widely known and feared.
www.poemhunter.com /jack-spicer/biography/poet-11349   (506 words)

 Splendid: Departments: Bookshelf: The Tower of Babel: Jack Spicer's Detective Novel
Jack Spicer's detective novel is amusing, insightful, snappy and fun, but it's not a detective novel.
This is a nifty narrative ploy because it gives the author a chance to spoof both the young poets creating the scene and an older generation desperate to claim a connection with the new hipsters.
Spicer was a fan of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett (as well he should have been).
www.splendidezine.com /departments/bookshelf/bookshelf8702.html   (1054 words)

 UPNE - The House That Jack Built: Jack. Spicer
The House That Jack Built collects for the first time the four historic talks given by controversial poet Jack Spicer just before his early death in 1965.
These lively and provocative lectures function as a gloss to Spicer's own poetry, a general discourse on poetics, and a cautionary handbook for young poets.
This long-awaited document of Spicer's unorthodox poetic vision, what Robin Blaser has called "the practice of outside," is an authoritative edition of an underground classic.
www.dartmouth.edu /~upne/0-8195-6339-0.html   (162 words)

 Small Press Traffic > Jack Spicer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Jack Spicer (1925-1965), one of the most important postmodern poets, was born in Los Angeles but worte most of his major work here in San Francisco, where he died at age 40.
Spicer was the center of an active community of poets and visual artists who roved from North Beach to Aquatic Park, Polk Gulch to Candlestick Park.
Two new books explore Spicer's legacy: The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer, edited by Peter Gizzi, and a biography, Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance, by Lew Ellingham and Kevin Killian (both volumes from Wesleyan University Press/University Presses of New England).
www.sptraffic.org /html/authors/spicer.html   (220 words)

 Three Anagrams of Jack Spicer's Biography
After all, as Robert Duncan himself pointed out in an interview, what made Jack Spicer and Frank O'Hara the greatest poets of the 1950s and 1960s were their otherwise-one-man-stands against the horrible puffy gray slime flood of American Poetic Diction.
Sadly, try as Spicer and O'Hara might to pump their lower-middle-class and flightily-mobile (respectively) All-Americanisms into the withered practices of verbal art, you only have to move about ten inches away from the original sources for concepts to re-dessicate as thoroughly as Ursula Andress in She.
As Spicer wrote, "Plainly we are dealing with materials distorted from their original form." Which is why The House That Jack Built, the new collection of Jack Spicer lectures, makes such a perfect pepper shaker to the new Jack Spicer biography's salt.
www.pseudopodium.org /kokonino/spicer-bio.html   (665 words)

 Jacket # 7 - Rob Wilson - Tracking Jack Spicer
      This poetics "after Jack Spicer" demands an ever-renewed attention and anti-liberal bravery: that is why the language machinery of Jack Spicer circulates (in its specific afterlife) and is engaged with by various writers and sites as ‘poetry’ that lives on in the future we have headed into as post-nuclear present.
Thereby challenging the reign of the "new critical" poem in its reified pastoral idealism and sleepy ideological blindness to the contexts and codes of material/spiritual existence inside (and beyond) the US-driven cold war.
The respect for and commentary on Spicer’s work never disappeared, of course; it just took place in the underworld and enclaves of US counter-poetics in "language" works by Ron Silliman, Maria Damon, and Michael Davidson et al throughout the 1980s and beyond.
jacketmagazine.com /07/spicer-wilson.html   (1102 words)

 Jack Spicer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jack Spicer (January 30, 1925 - August 17, 1965) was an American poet often identified with the San Francisco Renaissance.
In 1957, Spicer ran a workshop called Poetry as Magic at San Francisco State College, which was attended by Duncan, Helen Adam, Joe Dunn, Jack Gilbert, and George Stanley.
An Advertisement for Jack Spicer essay @ The Valve
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jack_Spicer   (809 words)

 raibicycle: New fic, x-posted; Jack/Rai
Jack knew that Chase was an impressive being: had he been anything less, he probably wouldn’t have gotten Jack’s admiration and devotion.
From starting point to the end were various challenges Raimundo and Jack were meant to get through; the ground opened up in the middle revealing overtly large bear traps; towards the end, two gigantic logs tethered by vines swung side to side seemingly capable in knocking a person unconscious and down to the ground.
Jack, seeing this, took off, leaping off the end of the branch and using his tail to latch on to a vine, then arching his body so that he could grab on to the next one with one arm, the other still holding on to the Monkey Staff.
community.livejournal.com /raibicycle/9507.html   (3285 words)

 Amazon.com: The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer: Books: Jack. Spicer,Peter Gizzi   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Spicer, Peter Gizzi (Editor) "Given on the hundredth anniversary of William Butler Yeats's birth, the first of the Vancouver lectures begins with a mixture of humor, tension, and seance-like..." (more)
Spicer's lectures on dictation, the serial poem, and the practice of reading lay a foundation for the art of writing poetry that is without default.
Hey, Jack Spicer is still the hidden force and westcoast "genisu loci" of US poetics, and Peter Gizzi has done a yeoman's job of putting these probing and lost lectures together to do new work.
www.amazon.com /House-That-Jack-Built-Collected/dp/0819563404   (1199 words)

 Animated Lust (Rated PG!) - Jack Spicer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Jack Spicer from Xiaolin Showdown is the first enemy of the Xiaolin Dragons.
His goal is world domination, and he spends most of his time in his lab in his parents' basement planning it.
Jack's more of a goofball than anything and spends more time on evil rants and laughs than proper planning.
www.fantasykat.com /ch/hl/jackspicer.html   (115 words)

 Jack Spicer - Vancouver Lecture Series
Peter Gizzi's edited and annotated transcription of these lectures, The House that Jack Built, was published by Wesleyan University Press, 1998.
This electornic edition of the lectures is presented in cooperation with Peter Gizzi and Robin Blaser, for the Estate of Jack Spicer.
Used with permission of the Estate of Jack Spicer.
www.writing.upenn.edu /pennsound/x/Spicer.html   (131 words)

 The Collected Books of Jack Spicer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Collected Books of Jack Spicer first appeared in 1975, ten years after the death of Jack Spicer.
It was "edited and with a commentary by Robin Blaser" and published in Santa Rosa, CA by Black Sparrow Press.
A primary document of the San Francisco Renaissance, The Collected Books of Jack Spicer has arguably reached the status of a twentieth century "classic" and helped to define an emerging countertradition to the prevailing literary establishment.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Collected_Books_of_Jack_Spicer   (400 words)

 Jacket # 7 - A Spicer Chronology
Spicer refuses to sign the loyalty oath required by the University of California Regents; leaves to teach at the University of Minnesota.
Beginning of Spicer's involvement with The Mattachine Society; Spicer becomes head of the humanities department at the California School of Fine Arts.
Jack Spicer Conference at the New College of California, 20 June.
jacketmagazine.com /07/spicer-chron.html   (1579 words)

 Stephen Vincent»Blog Archive » Jack Spicer in Glasgow / Letter to Jack
Jack Spicer in Glasgow / Letter to Jack
Jack Spicer in Glasgow is the current title of a book of poems in progress.
With some pride, over the years, I have said, “I was the first person to read Jack Spicer in Africa.” This may or may not be true.
stephenvincent.net /blog/?p=483   (956 words)

 BABEL: Jack Spicer (1994 AD)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Jack Spicer (1925-1965) was a key figure in the San Francisco Renaissance, closely associated with the poets Robert Duncan, Richard Brautigan, and Robin Blaser.
According to Edward Foster's Jack Spicer, he "was among the most influencial poets of his generation.
Thousands of poems and books were written under his tutelage and criticism." Spicer's "Vancouver Lectures" (collected in The House that Jack Built, edited by Peter Gizzi) are considered a seminal work in the development of postmodern American literature.
towerofbabel.391.org /jackspicer.htm   (202 words)

 Spicer, Jack Criticism and Essays | PETER RILEY
Also, as Spicer's principal struggle with the throes of metaphorical language, it reaches the just and ultimate extension of lyric in the forms of romance or drama….
The Holy Grail seems to clinch the entire question of perception/love as exploratory (questing) journey, and to reveal its ultimate structure as essentially a seven-fold construct.
[Spicer said] he wrote The Holy Grail from poem to poem, deliberately striving to forget one poem before...
www.enotes.com /contemporary-literary-criticism/spicer-jack/peter-riley   (172 words)

 Talking in the Dark | Billy Merrell | a Poetry Blog
Jack Spicer, in a letter to Robert Duncan, 1955:
I think that one of the things that he always does for us is to ask that we do our better work.
In this sense, I suppose that Jack has been a conscience for many of us at points when we might have done our better work and we might have settled for something less.
talkinginthedark.blogspot.com /2006/02/impressions-of-jack-spicer.html   (534 words)

 Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More - Jack Gilbert
Jack Gilbert was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1925.
He was educated in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, where he later participated in Jack Spicer’s famous "Poetry as Magic" Workshop at San Francisco State College in 1957.
Soon after publishing his first book, Views of Jeopardy, in 1962, Gilbert received a Guggenheim Fellowship and subsequently moved abroad, living in England, Denmark, and Greece.
www.poets.org /poet.php/prmPID/1275   (332 words)

 Amazon.ca: The Tower of Babel: Jack Spicer's Detective Novel: Books: Jack Spicer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
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Spicer (1925-1965) was not only a major figure in the San Francisco Renaissance of the late '50s and early '60s, he was one of the most powerful and innovative poets of his time.
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www.amazon.ca /Tower-Babel-Spicers-Detective-Novel/dp/188368904X   (324 words)

 Fan Art / Lindsey M. Finch / 'Jack Spicer'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Overall Jack's one of my favorite characters (Besides Chase, Omi, and Clay) Jack is pretty goofy and always has his robots do his fighting for him(But they kinda don't put up enough of a fight) I also think guys that wear eyeliner are cool!
Yeah, I think if Jack were real he'd be my best guy friend or goofy boyfriend.
All I know is that he adores Kimiko and hates ramundos guts coz he likes her.
elfwood.lysator.liu.se /fanq/r/y/ryanfan2/jackspicer.jpg.html   (647 words)

 Amazon.com: Collected Books of Jack Spicer: Books: Jack Spicer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer by Jack.
Poets or artists of any sort should defintely have a copy, because like I say, it is a bible of inspiration.
When Jack Spicer died in August, 1965, he was known only to initiates of the new American poetry.
www.amazon.com /Collected-Books-Jack-Spicer/dp/087685241X   (837 words)

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