Joanne Kyger, an active presence in the Bay Area poetry scene for forty years, has lived the life I've always dreamed of.
She's the author of 14 books of poetry: she's seen it all, she's done it all, and she grows younger instead of older-my ideal! The friend of Olson, Spicer, Wieners, Berrigan, and so many more, Kyger has crafted a poetry of excitement and spiritual revelation which influences the younger generation of today. The range and energy of her writing seems to re-distribute the molecules of the air we breathe, and the social space we inhabit. Her most recent book is Some Sketches from the Life of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Boulder: Rodent Press, 1996). This summer she will be teaching at the Naropa Institute.
May 2, 1997