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Ed dorn and Tom Raworth

Chicago Review has some interesting letters between Ed Dorn and Tom Raworth and Dorn and Olson in 1961.

So far they are really interesting.

Raworth is really funny. I did not realize he had such a complex family background. He says his mother was Irish "from a Dublin family of anti-British bomb throwers" and his father was from "a poor London family." Raworth left school at sixteen. from what I can gather he is largely self-educated.

This latest issue also has some critical essays on Dorn. Jennifer Dunbar Dorn chronicles Dorn in the 80's.
Lisa Jarnot reviews Tom Clark's biography of Dorn.

Also some good poems by Chris Stroffolino, Peter Riley, Mark McMorris, and Christy Garren. An interview with Eleni Sikelianos.

Chicago Review is a good mag for solid contextuality and historical breadth.


Chris Vitiello said…
Marcus, Marcus, the anti-oligarchus,

You know, Tom Raworth comes through Durham almost annually, though he rarely reads here. One of his oldest friends, David Southern, lives in Durham---we used to work together at Duke University Press.
Anyway, David is a great authority on and defender of the work of Ed Dorn. (Duke Univ. Press actually was the original publisher of Dorn's "Gunslinger." Dorn was at Black Mountain in 1950.) I wonder if David would be interested in talking to the Lucipoets about Dorn and about 1950's US poetics? pre-Beat US poetries? He was one of the more devisive figures in US poetics, and with the Modernist interest of the Lucipoets I think we'd find a close consideration of Dorn really worthwhile.

Come to think of it, I saw on Raworth's site that he's planning a swing through the US in the Fall---I'll e-mail him right now to see if he will be passing through NC, and ask him to read for us. Raworth is an incomparable reader---he reads an hour's worth of poetry in 20 minutes, if that makes any sense. Not for the faint of mind.

Thanks for hipping me to that ChiReview issue,
postpran said…
Chris, wow, if you can pull off a meeting with Tom Raworth I would ___________.

Would love to hear him read. Would die half happy.

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