It’s Michael McClure’s birthday. The legendary Beat poet turns, astonishingly, 85 today. Happy Birthday, Michael!
Lowell resident, and erudite maverick Jack Kerouac scholar, Paul Maher Jr, has a new book on Kerouac that we want to spread the word about, I Am The Revolutionary: Young Jack Kerouac, & don’t miss, if you haven’t yet read it, his 2007 Kerouac biography.
Speaking of biographies, Anthony DeCurtis’ Lou Reed: A Life is on the shelves.
Noted American poet, Richard Wilbur passed away earlier this week (he was 96). From William Heyen & Gregory Fitz Gerald’s interview with Wilbur at SUNY, Brockport, back in 1969:
WH: I can’t resist asking you a question,since you mention it, what do you think of “Howl”? I ask because to a good many of us, in certain senses, Richard Wilbur and Allen Ginsberg represent the antithetical poles in contemporary American poetry.
RW: Yes, Ginsberg is supposed to say “no” to me, and I’m supposed to say “no” to him. Actually, I consider him a person of great talent. I do think he throws it around loosely sometimes. From my own position, given my habits, I have to feel that if I possessed his material, I’d handle it a little differently. I wouldn’t be quite so exhibitionistic, or so loosely Whitmanian. Still, I am glad Ginsberg is on the scene.