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Mark Linenthal, co-director of The Poetry Center, presents a lecture on trends and directions in contemporary American poetry, with recorded excerpts of Robert Lowell, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Creeley reading from their work.
This panel was convened by SFSU faculty in response to two events that took place in San Francisco in 1966: a police action that closed down the initial production of Michael McClure's play The Beard, and the police seizure of Lenore Kandel's The Love Book from City Lights Bookstore. The intent of the event, as stated by SFSU professor Leonard Wolf, was to provoke the police into arresting professors for reading censored works in defiance of the City's police censorship squad. About 300 people were in attendance.
The Poetry Center and the Department of English at UC Berkeley co-present Tom Raworth (1938–2017): A Celebration of His Life and Work: 23 poets, musicians, publishers, and friends, in tribute to Tom Raworth. Taking place in the Maude Fife Room in Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley, the event includes in-person tributes, along with several recorded or written and read by proxy, by: Lyn Hejinian, Stephen Emerson, Norma Cole, Alastair Johnston, Kit Robinson, Claude Royet-Journoud, David Southern, Jean Day, Alan Bernheimer, Merrill Gilfillan, Armando Pajalich, Stephen Vincent, Rod Smith, Larry Ochs, Fanny Howe, Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Jim Nisbet, Gian Antonio Pozzi, Rita degli Esposti, Duncan McNaughton, Dale Heard, Lyn Hejinian, Andy Berlin, Steve Dickison, and Miles Champion. Selections from a 2012 recording of Tom Raworth, reading his poems (from Tottering State: Selected Early Poems, 1963–1983, The Figures, 1984/O Books, 2000) conclude the evening.