Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Maser buy was in fact very good. Next day I went out to GH's and picked up some
of his books. GH is a retired bookbuyer with excellent taste. Eight boxes. Maser's books
are of the small press variety. Poets that you'd see in the mimeo/xerox years, from Padgett
to Eileen Myles, beats, d.a. levy if we're lucky. GH is more Larkin, Geoffrey Hill, with some
social theory, some philosophy, some high-minded poetics.

Boxes of books! If the store doesn't fill up with pointy-headed-intellectuals from out of town
this could be a depressing summer. But it usually does.

Ran into James Meetzle of Tougher Disguises Press, passing through Berkeley on his way from San Diego (home) to the Pac. No-West. He has in his possesion many unpublished poems by James Schuyler, & will be editing a collection at some point. Asked him to come to the store sometime (soon!) to give a talk on Schuyler and read some of the poems.

Pimmie (more on Pimmie later) is writing an oral history of the (dying?) bay area (esp. East Bay) used book culture. She's interviewing all the stars of the "industry". I've had my say (check out her blog, incububula). She's also interviewed Old Dan, Robert E. and Bruno (more later). With the death of nearly every new indy bookstore in the bay area (& the used bookstores struggling) this could be a major work about a dead culture.

People who had the good taste to come to my reading Monday with Amy Spade:

Micah Ballard, Jeff Butler, Patrick Donagan....and of course skads more.

Amy has amazing chops. A great reading.


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Blogger Gregory said...

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Blogger RAY MAN said...

Hey howabout that buy a few weeks ago with the sweet Creeley and "the green book of Barbara Guest"?

Nice blog concept.

2:42 PM  

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