[January 6, 1934 – March 1, 2002]
A Book of Prophecies (2007),
Michael Carr, ed.
Cultural Affairs in Boston: Poetry and Prose 1956-1985
Black Mountain don
Robert Creeley wrote of his contemporary John
Wieners, "there is no one for whom that city [Boston], or any
other, has proved so determining and generative an experience." In
Cultural Affairs in Boston, Wieners writes as a man imbued with the spirit
of the City upon a Hill, but also with all that is antithetical to
Winthrop's town: Wieners recounts dalliances with men behind
night-ensconced park statues; jaunts to New York City and elsewhere with
fellow libertines; and, of course, drugs ("Our faces show the strain / at
30. Hah, 30! we'll never see again / why heroin redeems us.").
Still, this collection is notable for the way in which poet and place are
both intertwined and brought into stunning focus for the reader, no matter
how unfamiliar with Boston or temperate the reader be. As
Creeley continues, "nor do these
poems, any of them, seem ever some place else . . . they're here, as we
Gifted and neglected, John Wieners bedazzled all who encountered his work,
and this particular work, putting Wieners into his beloved context, is
bound to win over the unacquainted.
Superficial Estimation (1986)
Prose memoir of the author's famed associates.
Kidnap Notes Next: Selected Notebook Entries 1988-1999
Poetry and the Social (1997)
The Journal of John Wieners Is to Be Called 707 Scott Street for Billie Holiday, 1959 (1996)
Conjugal Contraries and Quart
Behind the State Capitol, or, Cincinnati Pike: A Collection
of Poetry (1975)
Athanor No. 4, 1973 (1973)
Selected Poems (1972)
The lanterns along the wall
Woman (Curriculum of the Soul 3)
Asylum Poems (1969)
A letter to Charles Olson (1968)
Pressed Wafer (1967)
Selected Poems: 1958-1984 (1967, 1986)
"It is thrilling to watch the drama develop!"
So quoth one of the 20th century's most well-known poets - and not about
the latest piece of manufactured pop culture suspense, be it from
John Grisham or Jerry Bruckheimer, but
about the poetic work of John Wieners.
Wieners, unknown to so many today, was schooled at the famed Black
Mountain College and, taking his cue from contemporaneous poets, focused
his art on such themes as drugs, sex, and homosexuality
Considered by many to be a most undeservedly unrecognized genius, in this
collection "Wieners' glory is solitary, as pure poet" (Ginsberg).
Certainly, Wieners has the capacity, as great poets must, to heighten and
change one's consciousness of the world; this collection brings the pains
and joys of a unique man, the Weltanschauung of one who has seen more than
most, to the willing reader.
Hart Crane, Harry Crosby, I See You Going Over the Edge
Ace of Pentacles (1964)
Measure 2 (1958
The Hotel Wentley Poems (1958)
Angel Hair Sleeps with a Boy in My Head: The Angel Hair Anthology
(2001), Anne Waldman, Bill Berkson, and Ron Padgett, eds.
From the nascent St. Mark's Poetry Project on the
Lower East Side of Manhattan to Bolinas and Boulder, Angel Hair published
an idiosyncratic cross-section of innovative writing in distinctive
format, becoming one of the longest-lived and most influential publishers
on the small press scene. The anthology of literary writings is
supplemented with brief memoirs by more than twenty writers, and the book
also includes an annotated checklist by Aaron Fischer and Steven Clay that
comprises a citation and photograph of each of the approximately eighty
books, magazines, broadsides and catalogues issued by the Press.
Includes works by Alice Notley, Bernadette Mayer, Clark Coolidge, Hannah
Weiner, Joanne Kyger, Joe Brainard,
John Wieners, Kenward Elmslie, Lewis Warsh, Lorenzo Thomas,
Robert Creeley, Tom Clark, and Tom
The Blind See Only This World: Poems for John Wieners
(2000), Joseph Torra, Michael Gizzi, and William Corbett, eds.
Anthology and tribute.
Mirage No. 1 (1985), Kevin
"John Wieners Issue"
What Happened to the Mind of John Wieners?
(1975) by Charley Shively
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