Saturday, October 30, 2010

1960 - 1986


1. The Galley Sail Review (1960) No. 5 Winter 35 Cents. Featuring: William Carlos William, Louis Zukofsky, Gary Snyder, Robert Creeley, Michael McClure, Phillip Whalen, Frank Samperi....

Turn
look!

the brindled
west

lion

is stalking
the river-bank.

Say goodbye;
greet owl, yes!

of, if you can,
at the high all

ape Buddha.   Frank Samperi

THE DREAM

A lake in the head
wherein they put a boat,
two trousered men
with four legs between them.

The women
go in swimming
in the nude.
They blossom into lewd.

That light shut off,
he rolls over
and under,
begins to smother.  Robert Creeley

2. Song Book (1960)
For Dolores

Nothing so good
as this thought
of green under light
wherein branch

over branch against
sun moves toward
its green under
a guise of light. Frank

3. Branches (1965)

A wind's in the persimmon tree-
Come under its rustling.

4. Of Light (1965)
To Aunt Fran + Aunt Yolie
With love, Frank

Cavalcando l'altr'ier per un cammino

Riding the other day along a road, thoughtful of this hateful journey, I found Love up a ways in shadows
in the tattered clothes of a pilgrim. He seemed wretched as if he'd lost lordship; and he came sighing, with head bowed - I guess, not to see people. When he saw me, he called out, and said: I come from a far place,
where by my power your heart was - now I bear it to serve a new pleasure." Then I took in effect his movements, and he vanished, but I cannot say.

5. Crystals - Caterpillar V (1967)

The new man is always the spiritual man. We, too, conceive of contemplation as the activity that is wholly compatible with His City; therefore, the act poverty that moves us in that direction is in no sense negative.
What we are trying to say is this: to live in God is to be contemplative.
It is wrong to think of contemplation as the opposite of activity: that is, contemplation is a prefiguration of the very activity that pertains to the Kingdom of Heaven. It is the State that fosters the idea that contemplation is passive, therefore, more in keeping with the man who doesn't work, or better who won't contribute to the give and take that is the market. From this it is just to ask: what is the meaning of the word activity when the State in Unity? it's obvious: exploitation.

6. The Triune (1969)

Spirit dream when least is flame
gathered to itself child
walked hills
knew memory
collapse
looked far
sought beloved
strength
knew also wood
cry
day everywhere
dark
light
mind
therefore equally
dark
continued
valleys
no rest
child lost
rose
lily
up
down
bowed
came to river
vanished
beyond
angels
animals
heavens
quieter
child gathered
up

7. The Bow Window - Origin Press (1986)
Nov 16, 1986

for Claudia

whose gift
stirs me

because holding on
goes along with the arc,

never losing sight
of the arc

the heart

love, Daddy

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