By Lisa Jarnot
This definitive biography supplies a super account of the existence and artwork of Robert Duncan (1919–1988), one in every of America’s nice postwar poets. Lisa Jarnot takes us from Duncan’s beginning in Oakland, California, via his adolescence in an eccentrically Theosophist family, to his existence in San Francisco as an brazenly homosexual guy who turned an inspirational determine for the various poets and painters who collected round him. Weaving jointly quotations from Duncan’s notebooks and interviews with those that knew him, Jarnot vividly describes his lifestyles at the West Coast and in ny urban and his encounters with luminaries corresponding to Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Paul Goodman, Michael McClure, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, and Charles Olson.
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Robert Duncan, the Ambassador from Venus: A Biography by Lisa Jarnot