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"The light comes slowly"




                             "Let me know what you think of them," he said. I thought they
                           were  wonderful.  Here  was  an  extraordinary,  wildly  visionary,
                           wildly funny work, full of pain yet full of comedy as well. I wrote
                           Ivan  a  long  letter  about  his  poetry.  Later  he  told  me  the  letter
                           came closer to what he felt his poetry was like than anything he'd
                           ever received before. He also said he was going to be reading at
                           the Larry Blake's series in Berkeley. "You mention that you write.
                           Why don't you read with me?  If your poetry is even half as good
                           as  your  criticism,  you'll  be  fine."  I  learned  later  that  such
                           generosity was characteristic of this amazing man.






















                                                                              Jack, 1987. Photo by Robert
                                                                                      Schneck.





                             June 17, 1985. Photographer
                            unknown. Jack in Wonderland
                           immediately after his reading at
                              Larry Blake's in Berkeley.



















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