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Litterateur redefining world                      December 2020

                                                    New Horizons

                                                       Partly  through  the  good  offices  of
                                                       Charles  Amirkhanian  at  KPFA,  I  was
                                                       listening to experimental music as well
                                                       as     reading     experimental       poetry.
                                                       Charles  Ives'  Concord  Sonata  and  his

                                                       book,  Essays  Before  A  Sonata  were
                                                       enormous  influences,  as  were  his
                                                       songs.  I  first  heard  Lou  Harrison  on
                                                       KPFA and was able to attend several of
                                                       his concerts at near-by Mills College. I
                                                       had     acquired      Kenneth      Rexroth's
                                                       wonderful  edition  of  D.H.  Lawrence's
                                                       poetry in Ithaca. Now I was reading

             Rexroth's poetry and listening to him on KPFA. My friend Ed Michel gave me a

             collection  of  records  he  had  produced,  so  I  began  with  great  excitement  to
             listen seriously to jazz. Eisenstein's essays were also tremendously exciting,
             as was Abel Gance's marvelous "polyvision" film, Napoleon, which Adelle and
             I saw at The Avenue Theater in San Francisco. I haunted UC Berkeley's Pacific
             Film Archive and, centering on Alfred Hitchcock, published a few essays on
             film.  (Gary  Morris,  the  editor  of  Bright  Lights  magazine,  was  a  constant
             supporter of my work in this area.) I began to think seriously about the art of
             painting.  Clyfford  Still's  abstractions  fascinated  me.  A  1977  exhibition  of
             Jess's  work  at  the  UC  Berkeley  University  Art  Museum  had  an  enormous
             impact. Through Jess, I discovered Max Ernst and all the people to whom Jess
             referred  in  his  multilayered  paintings.  Kandinsky's  paintings  and  his  book,
             Concerning The Spiritual In Art, were powerful expressions. Etc.

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