The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography: San Francisco, 1975-1980

The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography: San Francisco, 1975-1980

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ISBN-13: 9780979019807
Publisher: Mode A/This Press
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Pages: 79
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)

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THE GRAND PIANO is an experiment in collective autobiography by ten writers identified with the rise of Language poetry in San Francisco—Rae Armantrout, Steve Benson, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Tom Mandel, Ted Pearson, Bob Perelman, Kit Robinson, Ron Silliman, and Barrett Watten. The eleventh pianist, Alan Bernheimer, takes the lead in organizing documentation for the books. THE GRAND PIANO takes its name from a coffeehouse at 1607 Haight Street in San Francisco where from 1976 to 1979 several of writers programmed and coordinated—and all of them participated in a weekly reading and performance series. The project focuses on the 1970s when they first met and collaborated. Yet the volumes engage issues beyond that time, and the project adheres to no prescribed set of themes.

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