Larry Fagin, poet, editor, teacher, long-time leading member of the so-called “New York School” of poetry, died yesterday. He was 79 years old.
An important co-worker with Allen at Naropa (and, coincidentally, upstairs neighbour in his 12th Street tenement in Manhattan), he was, (though not himself a Buddhist), alongside fellow St Marks poet, Anne Waldman, one of the key figures in the initial years of that on-going experiment. Allen himself was quite unequivocal – “I don’t know of a better editor and teacher of poetry and prose than Fagin”, he once declared.
Larry’s early teaching there can be sampled here, here, here, and here.
More essential audio and video can be heard (and viewed) here
and, notably, here
Porter Fox on Larry – “The Glass Filter” – can be accessed here. Don’t miss also Larry’s always-lively contributions to Porter’s Nowhere magazine
Also not-to-be-missed Larry ‘s 2011 New York Times profile
More recently, Kyle Schlesinger’s Cuneiform Press issued Complete Fragments
and here’s his portrait by life-long friend and collaborator, George Schneeman
Mention should also be made of Neon in Daylight – New York School Painters and Poets, his invluable assistance given to editor-compiler, Jenni Quilter.
The eclectic, the erudite Larry – here’s his list of neglected texts prepared for Ron Silliman
The West Coast Larry – We haven’t even begun to mention his connection to Jack Spicer
and who’s that sitting just below Allen and Lew Welch in Larry Keenan’s iconic photo of a 1965 City Lights gathering?
We mourn the passing of a singular figure