A Supermarket in California – (ASV #22)

Jim Cohn’s Museum of American Poetics remains a valuable and inspiring source, “a unique amalgam of poets, students, teachers, scholars, editors, publishers, literary centers and web designers”..”Since coming online in 1997 (it) has documented major trends in Postbeat poetry through its collection of on-line exhibits, annual Napalm Health Spa journal, poetics transmissions, video presentations, links and blog”..”Celebrating the diversity of experimental and outrider poetries leading up to the Beat Generation, MAP has (recently) expanded its coverage of world poetry, with special emphasis on international poets on the front lines against oppression.”

We are grateful to Jim and the Museum for hosting all manner of treasures, including this (a late record – but a record – of Allen reading his famous poem “A Supermarket in California” – (“What I’m going to do is to read chronologically poems that are familiar to those of you who are familiar with my poetry at the suggestion of the poet, Lewis MacAdams..”). [2016 update, regrettably this video-recording is no longer available]

– but [2017]… we now have this:

“What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon…”

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