Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Saint Kush at Cloud House - Walt Whitman Breathes Here - 1980

Cloud House by Richard Hack is a good quick survey of Cloud House history. Here is a photograph by C.R. Snyder from the article, 1959 open reading. (What I wouldn't give to see and hear Helen Adam, but in '59 I was still discovering what was going on in the open vitality of American poetry.)

A letter with flyers from Kush of Cloud House

Walt Whitman Breathes Here

"About 1854, age 35, just before the first publication of Leaves of Grass in Brooklyn.
Courtesy of the Duke University Library, Trent Collection."

Kush generously video taped a reading/performance I did in San Francisco when Marge Nesset was setting up performances there billed as "New Mexico Performance Poet & Wily Troubadour" (Loft Theater, San Francisco, March 6, 1991). If this video is around there was a piano there, very rare for me . . . Steve Rodefer was there with a new friend, Lenore was there and just about nobody else, but the poetry event proceeded . . . 

Cloud House Poetry Archives is essential to see with videos . . . from Penn Sound. Many thanks to Kush for your life of spurring poetry on and recording it. Kush is a Saint, yes, Saint Kush.

Larry Goodell, Placitas, New Mexico

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