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  Kenneth Rexroth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rexroth was born Kenneth Charles Marion Rexroth in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Charles Rexroth, a pharmaceuticals salesman, and Delia Reed.
Rexroth's poetic voice is similar to that of Tu Fu (whom he translated), expressing indignation with the inequities of the world from an existential vantage.
Rexroth was a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1968 to 1973.
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 The Beat Page - Kenneth Rexroth
Kenneth Rexroth is perhaps one of the most accessible writers to have gained prominence during the Beat movement.
Rexroth became a prolific painter and poet by the age of seventeen.
Rexroth must also be respected not only for his ability to create beautiful diction, but for his ability to translate and convey character through his poetry.
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 The Academy of American Poets - Kenneth Rexroth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rexroth organized and emceed the legendary Six Gallery reading on October 7, 1955, at which Ginsberg introduced the world to "Howl." Rexroth’s work was composed with attention to musical traditions and he performed his poems with jazz musicians.
Nonetheless, Rexroth was not wholly supportive of the dramatic rise in popularity of the so-called "Beat Generation," and he was distinctly displeased when he became known as the father of the Beats.
Kenneth Rexroth died in 1982 and is buried in Santa Barbara on a cliff above the sea.
www.poets.org /poet.php/prmPID/1270   (731 words)

 Reflections Obituaries and Entropy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
He would have added that he hoped they would be fucking like minks and not like rabbits since Kenneth seemed always one to believe in quality over quantity even if it meant his book sales and the magnitude of his literary loyalists would suffer accordingly.
Kenneth, as the supreme gentleman he could be, returned her favor many fold by writing a poem for our wedding and allowing us to be a guest in his life on many occasions.
In the mean time, Kenneth Rexroth was too gentle, too bright and too much an "original" not to be discovered by the future as long as there are creatures there that read and feel.
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 Kenneth Rexroth Page; Daily Bleed Saint; Anarchist Encyclopedia: Kenneth Rexroth, anarchist, poet, social critic, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
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Born in 1905 & orphaned at the age of twelve, Rexroth spent most of his teenage years in Chicago, where he worked as a newspaper reporter & helped run a jazz coffee house, mingling with the musicians, artists, writers, radicals & eccentrics of the roaring twenties.
Rexroth, of course, took this as a compliment.
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 Karl Young
Rexroth's political poetry seamlessly moves in and out of other concerns, as an essential part of his political orientation and his sense of bearings as a poet.
Rexroth sought possibilities in many different forms of social structure, keeping in mind the need for diversity, pluralism, and the abilities of people in different circumstances to work out solutions to their problems if they had the room to do so.
In the poem, Rexroth vents his rage in the militant terms usually reserved for combat, since he saw the forces that lead to self destruction as a more dangerous enemy than those encountered on a battlefield precisely because they are easy to hide or ignore.
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 LitKicks: Kenneth Rexroth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Kenneth Rexroth was born on December 22, 1905 in South Bend, Indiana.
Rexroth had already led his own earlier cultural movement, a much publicized "poetry renaissance" in San Francisco, which helped to promote the idea of the Northern California city as a culturally 'happening' place.
Rexroth was an important poet in his own scene, and deserves our eternal appreciation for having invented the idea of San Francisco as a center of literary innovation.
www.litkicks.com /People/KennethRexroth.html   (271 words)

 CA13 Kenneth Rexroth and Japan
In much of Rexroth’s prose, early and late, furthermore, may be found reference to his understanding of the importance of the Japanese tradition.
Rexroth’s chorus is closer to the Japanese progenitor than Yeats’s ‘cloth bearers’ (see especially BL12), and as in the nô does not take a part in the action but engages in dialogue with, and sometimes speaks for, the principle characters.
Rexroth’s plays are not as well known as those of Yeats, but no serious account of the ways the nô has been adapted to the Western stage may responsibly overlook them.
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 Kenneth Rexroth's Life
Rexroth, Kenneth (22 Dec. 1905- 6 June 1982), poet and translator, was born Kenneth Charles Marion Rexroth in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Charles Rexroth, a pharmaceuticals salesman, and Delia Reed.
In the late 1940s Rexroth established a Friday-evening salon and a Wednesday-night philosophy club to discuss his theories of politics and poetry; in attendance were friends such as Robert Duncan, William Everson, Richard Eberhart, Philip Lamantia and, later, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, and other Beats.
Rexroth died in Santa Barbara, and, characteristically, Catholic eulogies, Buddhist chants, and Beat poems were performed at his funeral.
www.english.uiuc.edu /maps/poets/m_r/rexroth/rexroth_life.htm   (1193 words)

 Jazz/Jerry Jazz Musician/Kenneth Rexroth editor Sam Hamill interview
Kenneth Rexroth was a central figure in the San Francisco Renaissance and influenced generations of readers with his essays and consummate translations of Japanese and Chinese poetry.
Rexroth's concerns were universal from his youth until his final years, focusing on politics, pacifism, erotic love, the environment, and a spirituality firmly rooted in both Asian and Western traditions.
Rexroth believed that war is an expression of a lack of moral courage, and he viewed this country's imprisonment and internship of Japanese Americans and the administration's knowledge that Pearl Harbor was going to happen as an utter failure of moral character on the part of our leadership.
www.jerryjazzmusician.com /linernotes/kenneth_rexroth.html   (2628 words)

 The Buddhist Channel | Personality | Rexroth Revisited
Rexroth was an undisputed luminary of San Francisco’s cultural scene, but the broader impact of his work has yet to be measured.
Rexroth was holistic before the word was hip and a trailblazer of Pacific Rim culture before the concept even existed.
Among Rexroth’s favorite mottos: “Keep your eye on the mountaintop, and the other on the lookout for bear scat on the trail.” Actually, he’d been an adept mountain backpacker since the ‘30s, working for the forest service in Washington long before Kerouac would glorify the fire-lookout lifestyle in Dharma Bums.
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 Kenneth Rexroth
December 22, 1905, marks the birthday of Bohemian poet Kenneth Rexroth, who was born in South Bend, Indiana.
Rexroth became one of the first poets to read his poetry to the accompaniment of jazz music.
Rexroth became their poetic mentor, organizing the lauded Six Gallery reading in 1955 where many of the original Beat Poets read their works in public.
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 Kenneth Rexroth - The Info Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rexroth lead the "poetry renaissance" in San Francisco and was a recognized influence for the Beats although he latter became critical of the movement and tried to distance himself from the association.
Rexroths body of work, whether in poetry, essays, or journalism, reflects a profound interest and concern with the world politically, culturally, socially, and ecologically.
The typical voice in Rexroths verse is not unlike that of his favorite poet, Du Fu: sometimes righteously indignant with the iniqities of the world, sometimes finding exhilaration with just existing, but always wise, and deeply humane.Rexroth was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1905.
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 Amazon.com: The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth: Books: Kenneth Rexroth,Sam Hamill,Bradford Morrow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rexroth published many of his 54 books with New Directions, and while a good number are in print, some editions are more than 30 years old.
While a tireless promoter of younger poets and neglected contemporaries, Rexroth is largely remembered as the "father of the Beat generation" (a label he repeatedly rejected as when he told Time magazine, "An entomo st is not a bug"), but he was, and remains, a great poet in his own right.
Kenneth Rexroth was one of the most significant and influential American poets of the last half of the 20th century.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1556591713?v=glance   (1156 words)

 Powell's Books - The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth by Kenneth Rexroth
Kenneth Rexroth is a poet of enormous achievement.
Rexroth's poems of nature and protest are remarkable for their erudition and biting social and political commentary; his love poems justly celebrated for their eroticism and depth of feeling.
Kenneth Rexroth was one of a vanishing race of giants, a literary lion.-Andrei Codrescu
www.powells.com /biblio?PID=28666&cgi=product&isbn=1556591713   (464 words)

 Kenneth Rexroth --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The U.S. painter, essayist, poet, and translator Kenneth Rexroth was an early champion of the beat movement (see Beat Generation).
Kenneth MacMillan created more than 40 ballets during his career and was said to have revived the tradition of full-length ballet in Britain.
The historical novels of Kenneth Roberts “have long contributed to the creation of greater interest in our early American history,” according to a special Pulitzer citation with which he was honored in 1957.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9334462   (547 words)

Philip Lamantia introduced Rexroth to Allen Ginsberg and on October 7, 1955 Rexroth was the master of ceremonies at the historic and legendary Six Gallery reading.
Rexroth was born in the midwest and moved to California when he was 22.
Rexroth translated Chinese, Japanese, French, and Greek poets and by many accounts was a powerful intellect with a broad range of knowledge.
www.cosmicbaseball.com /rexroth7.html   (718 words)

 Books (etc) We Like   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Kenneth Rexroth is the real deal and encompasses a vast array of human life including nature, mysticism, mathematics, science, social issues, history, various cultures and an incredible lyricism that weaves it all together.
Rexroth's erudition is remarkable, and his strongly syllabic verse is sometimes subtle, sometimes didactic, but always richly musical and intellectually sophisticated.
"Kenneth Rexroth was one of the most significant and influential American poets of the last half of...
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Kenneth Rexroth lived many lives in the avant-garde of six decades--first in Chicago as a precocious actor, cubist painter, and soap-box poet of revolution after World War I, then on the west coast as Wobbly, cowboy-cook, and mountain-climbing naturalist committed to the protection of the planet long before ecology became a popular concern.
Perhaps because Rexroth was younger than the classical modernists, not publishing his first book until 1940, when he was thirty-four, and yet more rebellious than the post-war generation associated with the New Criticism, he has never fit into familiar periods, movements, and trends.
According to Robert Bly, Rexroth was "the most intelligent literary man in America..." [5] Gary Snyder has confirmed his indebtedness to Rexroth; and his great friend and editor James Laughlin has said that "Rexroth had a tremendous influence on New Directions and on me...
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 Jacket 23 - Samuel B. Garren: The Influence of Kenneth Rexroth... on North American Poetry in the 1960s
For Rexroth, the delegation of moral authority dominant in the United States with its resultant “institutionalization of creativity” produces, in his words, “columns of type indented on both margins and written by Professors of Creative Poetry, which are really elaborately camouflaged holes in the paper.
Rexroth does favor what he refers to as “the art of random occasion” (7), but he does so from a personalist perspective, claiming that such art, ironically, is “strongly personal” and “individually communicative” (8).
Personalism is Rexroth’s answer to the approach he finds dominant in the universities, textbooks, and critical writings in the United States: the poem as an object, impersonality, even the avoidance of personality, and disapproval of poetry as social statement.
jacketmagazine.com /23/rex-garren.html   (2353 words)

 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2000.11.06
Yet for all that Rexroth was a poet of ripe modernism (he midwifed the Beat movement), he followed the tradition of the greatest English translators from the classics.
Rexroth renders this "The swallows stir in the eaves," locating the birds where we moderns would expect them and thus satisfying present day taste, which demands precision of image.
Rexroth declined to add notes, but poems 26 and 94 might have been better understood with the graceful gloss of the pictures.
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 Jacket 23 - Jerome Rothenberg and David Antin: Interview with Kenneth Rexroth: April, 1958
By that I mean Kenneth talking and Kenneth doing jazz and poetry, all of it with an outrageous zest and for the moment at least with a belief in his own presence and power as a public person and a man who had the real goods and could well display them.
Rexroth: No; when I was teaching a workshop course there, the only thing I tried to impress on my class was certain fundamentals of any writing — directness and clarity of observation, and fidelity of the poetic situation.
Rexroth: Well, don’t forget that he’s a sort of A.E. Housman in a modern idiom...in the same way that Prevert is really their New Yorker poet, which shows how much ahead of us they are.
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 The Academy of American Poets - Kenneth Rexroth: Poetry Wedded to Jazz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
However, as Rexroth noted, the poem shouldn’t merely be read against music, it should integrate into it.
Rexroth toured the United States, performing in places like St. Louis and New York, where he once had a regular gig at the Five Spot, the same downtown club immortalized in the poem "The Day Lady Died" by Frank O’Hara.
Rexroth was a regular at the famed Blackhawk club in San Francisco, often sharing the bill with up-and-coming bands like the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
www.poets.org /viewmedia.php/prmMID/5807   (359 words)

 Kenneth Rexroth: Poet, Painter, Man of Letters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Kenneth Rexroth was a poet and a co-founder of the San Francisco Poetry Center.
It is a well-known fact that the Anglo-American new poetics of the first half of the 20th century drew upon translations from Asia as an important source of inspiration.
Rexroth's interest in Chinese and Japanese poetry is therefore very much part of the modern American poetic tradition.
www.bonestamp.com /rexroth   (319 words)

 AllRefer.com - Kenneth Rexroth (American Literature, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Kenneth Rexroth 1905–82, American poet, critic, and translator, b.
South Bend, Ind. A resident of San Francisco, he was briefly associated with the beat generation, although he disdained their lack of discipline.
See S. Hamill and B. Morrow, ed., The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth (2003); biography by L. Hamalian (1991); studies by M. Gibson (1972 and 1986), L. Bartlett (1988), K. Knabb (1990), and D. Gutierrez (1996).
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/R/Rexroth.html   (334 words)

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