Saturday, July 8, 2017

Free Speech Poetry

Free speech poetry is in almost every locality. It’s at odds or even oblivious to traditional national or international poetry. It bypassed the throttling mumblings of socalled "language poetry." And it remains concurrent with the formalism of MFA poet teachers poetry, but it has slammed in and out of slam renewing the Ginsberg/New American Poetry Revolution which continues on.

Free speech poetry is vital in its reading performance lead, more in larger towns and cities of course. Publish on demand services such as Createspace bring books out from individuals and cooperative friends as well as established presses. Locality ignites poets because of the living availability of readings therein.

The vitality of readings across most towns is spread by email and social messaging. Open readings and/or featured readers attract poets, would be poets and friends. At this point almost every poet can have a book or new book to sell and trade with others. Proliferation of poetry books by poets themselves assures locality even when poets go places and explore the network of other non establishment poets. The locality of publication is the result of being ignored by both the East and West Coast publisher and university establishments, the longstanding lack of interest made even worse in financially strained times.

All poetry is local when you get down to it. And worthy of celebration in America 2017.

larry goodell / placitas, new mexico / 8Jul2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mimeo Handouts Bromige and Coolidge Vancouver Poetry Conference 1963

I did take pictures of many items before they got shipped off to NY and then to Yale. At the "Festival" we attendees had poems mimeographed for the instructors: in my case, Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg and Robert Creeley. I sent my (maybe) complete set of mimeos off to the sequestered archive world. These were legal size. Thanks Dave & Clark . . .

larry goodell / placitas, nm

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thank You Meredith Rice

Photograph of Meredith Rice's last painting. Sent to me by Sonia and Neil Nelson, thank you. It is called "Transformations." From her Healing Cancer series.

Meredith Rice 1945-2012
birthday postcard collage from Meredith Rice

beleagered collage residing in our kitchen for years serving as a kind of protector
by Meredith Rice

damaged pastel and line drawing by Meredith Rice - nevertheless evocative . . .

three friends (thank you Sandra Feldman & on the right is Sonia Nelson)

(I hope to scan and present all of this little booklet made by Mereditn, 
a gift for the birth of my son)

Thank you Meredith Rice
for a beautiful decorated collaged Constant Comment tea box gift in 1968

I wrote the above as a thank you. I regret to say I no longer have the box-gift.

Letter from Meredith, April 1976

finally, here is the poem I wrote for the Marriage of Meredith Rice and Bill Pearlman

love to all, and in memory and accomplishment, Meredith's warm and colorful and generous work and life . . . . thank you, larry

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Eye of the Lizard from 2 pages in Notebook #8 1969 - Larry Goodell

Eye of the Lizard

under the old cottonwood tree
down in the arroyo

.dirt & seeds over my legs & loins
.lizard, probably a baby
Come here.          (he did)
gentle talk
his eye
I sat down
he didn’t move.
eye within eye, cunt.
I’ve seen/communicated with you before!

(in vision of the Eagle’s
eyes - one at a time -
seeing inside the Eagle’s vision
first one side then the other
that was the vision – could be repeated

the Vision shapes up & allows the tiny birds to digress

sat in dirt
Hello, how are you?            (to the Lizard)
Please answer my questions.

Yes    –   Yes   –   Yes

I piss.

The eye & the me.
(inside looking out)

larry goodell / placitas, nm / hertford ranch / 28Apr69

As I'm working back through notebook jottings, now back to 1969 and this notebook . . . it seems necessary to get the writing at least onto the computer . . . and although it will be difficult, maybe impossible, then whisk all the notebooks, "bible" of my life, off to the archives . . . love to all, larry.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Two gift bunches of new poems!

My selection from July of 2016 when I was guest editor.
And Phil Garrison's from December when he was guest editor.

My selection is from July of 2016 and Phil Garrison's selection is from December.

Worthwhile presentations here, I think. And thanks to Halvard Johnson for inviting so many to guest edit, one editor per month - great idea!

                            Thank you to all, larry