As Ever: Selected Poems

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This collection of Joanne Kyger's work reveals her as one of the major experimenters, hybridizers, and visionaries of poetry. Kyger is a poet of place, with a strong voice-delicate, graceful, and never wasteful; her poems explore themes of friendship, love, community, and morality and draw on Native American myth as well as Asian religion and philosophy. Kyger's love for poetry manifests itself in a grander scheme of consciousness-expansion and lesson, but always in the realm of the everyday. Edited with a ...

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This collection of Joanne Kyger's work reveals her as one of the major experimenters, hybridizers, and visionaries of poetry. Kyger is a poet of place, with a strong voice-delicate, graceful, and never wasteful; her poems explore themes of friendship, love, community, and morality and draw on Native American myth as well as Asian religion and philosophy. Kyger's love for poetry manifests itself in a grander scheme of consciousness-expansion and lesson, but always in the realm of the everyday. Edited with a foreword by Michael Rothenberg, and with an introduction by poet David Meltzer, this book is a marvelous overview of a wonderfully challenging and important poet.

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Editorial Reviews

Stephen Whited
Writing in the American Buddhist traditions of Philip Whalen, Lew Welch and Gary Snyder (once her husband), Kyger has spent some forty years exploring Asian poetics, indulging and reveling in a collage of images and sounds. Her most prevalent form is the daybook, or journal entry, which can be a mixed bag of tricks. The worst lines are merely banal, while the best ones offer a visionary conviction, deeply informed by attentive and disciplined observation. However, even the seemingly empty lines faithfully celebrate life's many pleasant accidents because, as the author reminds us, "The real state is called golden / where things are exactly what they are." It's no surprise, then, that in this kind of poetry few poems can stand alone; one must read the whole book to get to the golden state.
Publishers Weekly
"Just a little bit does the magic" writes Kyger halfway into her belated, ecstatic debut on the national stage with a large house. Sharing, with poets such as Philip Whalen and David Meltzer, a love of William Carlos Williams and Zen Buddhism, Kyger patiently and confidently navigates her present-tense diarist lyric as it moves across the page. A Bolinas neighbor of Richard Brautigan, she's capable of hippie dizziness that soars to populist heights: "Everybody practices magic whether they know it or not Oh I'm worn out just watching the cats lick their fur." But where her more beat-influenced colleagues would compensate for their lighter moments with wrenching despair, Kyger opts instead for level-headed surprises: "Man get relaxed Woman get permanent." Though formalists may object to her apparent artlessness, Kyger's obsession for detail draws on a passionate intelligence that is seldom trivial. In fact, it's her genius for moment-by-moment description that provokes her to modesty, in opposition to the completist's mania: "But why does he want to do that, write down all the road signs from here to the east coast." While many writers have spoken of their work as one continuous project, Kyger's oeuvre actually holds together in this selection from her 20-plus books; throughout, her prosody, both aural and visual, is pitch perfect. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142001127
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Poets, Penguin Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Kyger comes out of a West Coast School of writers that included Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Jack Spicer, and Richard Brautigan. She has traveled extensively in Japan and India and has maintained a lifelong interest in Buddhism. She is the author of more than twenty-five books and broadsides.

David Meltzer has published numerous works of poetry, fiction, and collections of essays. He has also released four albums of recordings on the Vanguard and Capitol labels.

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Table of Contents

As Ever Foreword by Michael Rothenberg
Introduction by David Meltzer

The Maze
The Dance
"Somewhere you can find reference"
12.29 & 30 (Pan as the son Penelope)
"A song in the rope"
"waiting again"
"They are constructing a craft"
"It is lonely"
Caption for a miniature
My Sister Evelyne
Burning the Baby to make him realer
Iliad: Achilles does not die
"fragmented. ie several valleys"
"Look the bird is making plans"
The Hunt in the Wood: Paolo Uccello
"My father died this spring"
Those things we see are images of the past
"The persimmons are falling"
The Odyssey Poems
The Pigs for Circe in May
"She comes up"
"I didn't want to think"
From The Imaginary Apparitions
Places to Go I-IV & Here
"Dear, Dearest"
A Novel
May 29
July 21. Weedy
The Tree in the Fire
Descartes and the Splendor Of
"From this moment"
Lord Ganesha
Tuesday, October 28, 1969. Bolinas
October 28, Take It Easier
October 29, Wednesday
October 31
November 12
Thursday, 13 November
Monday, November 17
Back in Time
"Never talk ahead"
"I walked home & had some soup"
"This is a Short Story"
Not Yet
"It's been a long time"
News bulletin from Keith Lampe
Desecheo Notebook
"The rain"
"Bird family"
"This is the way I like to feel the best"
"I want to point out that I am not up tight"
"Often I try so hard with stimulants"
"Utmost Disarray"
"No one was watching the tortillas"
"I want a smaller thing in mind"
"Oft have I wondered and climbed"
Trip Out and Fall Back
"A small field of tall golden headed grass"
"O fresh day in February"
"Every day I burn a stick of incense"
"When I used to focus"
"This is the first time"
"I don't believe in any"
"The far off pine"
"When I was well into being savored"
"When I step through the door"
"In my imaginary conversation"
"I thought I would never get out here again"
"It is true"
"Looking out to the garden fair"
"It's a great day"
"Wooden walls"
"Of all things for you to go away"
"The apple tree"
"Chill waves"
"Throwing a crank"
"Is this the Buddha?"
"I don't want to repeat"
"April 4, 1975 Time of wonder"
The Brain Impressed in Its Oddities
"I'm going to be a poet"
Morning Mess
"Bright, sparkling"
Saturday Full Moon September
"I'd like to magic you on this grand occasion"
"There are so many letters I would like to write"
"I am afraid"
Silver City Overlay
Up My Coast
The Crystal in Tamalpais
Visit to Maya Land
The Wonderful Focus of You
And with March a Decade in Bolinas
"You believe this stash of writing is 'scholarly?"
"A few days later at the washtub"
The Depressed Ennui before 11 A.M.
"Stripes of red, black, and gold"
"Not much time left"
My how the days fly by in Life Time
Haiku for Charles Berrard on his 40th Birthday
"In my dream last night Deer Lady"
"Yesterday when Diana drops me off on Evergreen"
"The Karmapa spoke to me from a center of light"
Good Manners
"Morning is such a welcome time. It doesn't demand"
"Dinner at Briarcomb, that Artists' posh retreat"
December 25
Philip Whalen's Hat
Day after Ted Berrigan's Memorial Reading
January 12, 1984
June 26
Monday Afternoon May 14, 1984:
"Giverny I am for Gee Verr Nee"
Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Review
Fall Equinox
From Phenomenological
"Self Loathing & Self Pity"
"Tuesday May 7"
Love Boat
Yuppy Wittgensteins Arise!
Miwok Mandarin Bolinas Bamboo
"Ah it's socked in today boys heavy metal"
"You know when you write poetry you find"
"Oh Man is the highest type of animal existing"
"Anything that is created"
"DARREL GRAY dies when I am in Mexico"
Tuesday October 27, '87
From the Jataka Tales
Take it O Moon on the run
Saturday February 4
February 7 Tuesday
February 17 Friday
Death Valley Desert Notes
Incense for the Buddha
"The sun is about to pass"
"Haven't I seen you"
" "Cold"
In Memoriam
From the Life of Naropa
"It certainly was divine running into you"
Friday Night
A Story from Easter: He Has Risen
Ocean Parkway Gazing
"Specially For Your Eyes"
Adonis Is Older Than Jesus
"Again recognizing"
"How Does one attain that popular narrative"
Town Hall Reading with Beat Poets
Watching TV
Terrace Roads slumps into the Canyon
I Blinked My Eyes, Looked Up and Everyone Was 25 Years Older—
"Replacement Buddhas"
Wake Up
View North
Bob Marley Night Saturday Downtown
"So, well, now,"
Snapshot for Lew Welch 25 Years Later
"Dear dear little wrentit"
Wide Mind
Arthur Okamura's Pipul Tree's Bodhi Leaf
First Nation
"I thought, I'll make it so simple"
Stupidly Inspired
For the Pittosporum Tenuifolium Outside the Studio Window
It's So
Naropa approaches his teacher Instruction time again
"The 'English' sparrows in the courtyard don't know"
"What you really don't want is some"
Your Heart Is Fine
To Live in This World Again
I Can't Help It
"Whatever It Takes"
The Dharani
Forever and a While
The Fog is halfway over the mesa


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