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The Poetry Center and City Lights Books co-present a memorial tribute to David Meltzer, at San Francisco State University. Steve Dickison opens, with Garrett Caples as emcee, introducing Lawrence Ferlinghetti (via recording), Julie Rogers, George Herms, Jack Hirschman, Jerome Rothenberg, Marina Lazzara, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Michael McClure, and Clark Coolidge, all of whom come together to pay tribute, read from their own work, and from Meltzer's books of poetry, including David's Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer (Penguin, 2005), Luna (Black Sparrow, 1970), Beat Thing (La Alameda Press, 2004), and a poem written by Meltzer for the 2011 Theo Saunders Sextet album Intergeneration. The event also features several recordings of David Meltzer reading his work at City Lights Bookstore. Photo, left-right: Sheppard Powell, Jack Hirschman, George Herms, and Clark Coolidge, courtesy Richard Friedman. Note: audio recording only, with apologies for distortion and irregular audio levels.
The Poetry Center presents Garrett Caples and Julian Talamantez Brolaski reading and in conversation. Garrett Caples reads new poems in manuscript as well as poems from Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016). Julian Talamantez Brolaski reads from Advice for Lovers (City Lights, 2012) a new chapbook, Come Correct (fivehundred places, 2018), and new work from manuscript. The reading is followed by a conversation in response to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Jerome Rothenberg, reading and in conversation. Rothenberg reads works from several of his books, including Flower World Variations (revised, expanded edition, The Operating System, 2017), Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader (Black Widow Press, 2013), China Notes & the Treasures of Dunhuang (Ahadada Books, 2006), and A Field on Mars: Divagations & Autovariations, Poems 2000-2015 (PURH, 2015), plus a new poem and a poem previously published in the online magazine Jacket2. The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience.