Tuesday, August 31, 2010


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Published by Hawkhaven Press, San Francisco in 2004.
Printed, designed and bound by William Cirocco.
William Cirocco's works include works by Robert Lax, David Miller, Frank Samperi and Thomas A. Clark.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Poem - pages 97 - 99

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Taken from Caterpillar 8/9 - "A Gathering of the Tribes"

Frank Samperi: Anamesis.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Received a letter from Will - he seems unduly concerned with the persistency of rain in Japan
(that is, he seems to attribute his despair to rain (his scapegoat?): is there a more hidden cause of his malaise? which is the phenomenal cause, the internal or the external? - I am composing for him a "tragicomic" Ballad not anything, "in the last analysis" for future generations, just something for a friend (no use to "harp" on this inherent antilogy - just something personally given - not for public use).
Ballad for Poor Folk
There is a man
whose name's Knarf
(Who'd, by the way,
Never be seen in June

Without a scarf);
He trudges, it seems
all day thru puddles
of rose petals
Mumbling to himself
What's the season?
Thus he fares, mooning
About, and missing

His meals: but when
The amethyst-saffron
Carpet of evening
'S laid out,

Then he bucks up
And goes to a hill,
Where, amid hungry
Children and animal

Wails he suddenly
Falls to his knees
And prays to become
Ascent of memory.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Jacket Magazine - Jamie Towsend

J. Townsend
Spiritual Man, Modern Man:
The Poetics of Frank Samperi

First Light

In the face of shifting contemporary concerns, political, social, ontological, the concept of creative writing as a sacramental act is challenging one; challenging in the sense that the definition of individuality is refigured to encompass both the singular and the plural; the conception of self gains and loses in equal measure.

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Jacket Magazine

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

June 6, 1963

Why aren't we convinced by Marx's argument?
I think it is simply a case of fatuous lunk-headedness to rest our position in that its basis is material - e.g. while the increment of injustice is greater than ever (which ain't no lie, for as Marx said: the more the accumulation of capital increases the greater is the "creation" of the proletariat - his exact words are: accumulation of capital is, therefore, increase of the proletariat - therefore; a more agonizing whip for the realization of "Surplus-value") we ponder the true or falseness of the mind is conceived eternal only is so far as the body is conceived under a form of eternality.

Courtsey of The Fales Library, Special Collections, New York University.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

My father's favorite pianist. We listened to him all through our child hood.

If my father had not been a poet he would have been a pianist or an opera singer.
There are times when as an artist we truly are the instrument of God. Michelangeli was that instrument.
Classical music was in the background always as David and I grew up on the lower east side with all the noise of the city. Inside the romantic sounds surrounding our walls gave us the feeling of a safe haven. CW.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

1950 - 1952

My father in uniform in 1950 with his grandmother, aunts and uncle. His aunt to the right, Aunt Yolie took care of him when his mother passed when he was just 11 years of age.
I am not sure where this was taken but probably in Long Island.
Dad looks so happy. CW

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The first poem of Song Book

This is one of my favorite poems!

Song Book (1960)

A poem to his beloved wife, Dolores.

June 5, 1963

Dolores said Song Book aught to be re-printed, this time in a more sure manner - that is do away with the delicate print. There is something to her wish.
To-day, after 3 yrs, I received $7.50 for 6 copies of my Song Book. Yes! my first payment. I think one could "justifiably" rant against the system that categorizes the artist as a producer of non-use values as well as the system that categorizes "him" as a producer of use-values - that is, gives this epoch, "both" can't - their lie of course which isn't necessary - help cozening "him".

Courtesy of The Fales Library, Special Collections, New York University.

My brother, David Samperi

My parents in Brooklyn in 1965 with my baby brother,
David Samperi. I was one year old here.
Dad and mom look so happy with my brother.
They just came back from Japan where I was born, only a year in a far away place.
I love my mom's hat and my dad's tie.
My brother lives in NJ with his wife and two children.
Family is everything and makes life a journey.